I wish to nominate the photographer, John Baxter Weekes (@baxtus) for a 2017 creative excellence award in the photographic category. John is consumed with the aesthetics of the world around him. In every scene he photographs, whether flowers blooming or decaying, cemetery in dusk light, candid portrait or the abandoned detritus of the human race, he uses his camera to affect the mind and emotions of the viewer and to have them also consider what he has seen with relation to a sense of beauty.
One only has to look through the posts for @baxtus over 2017 to see a number of things:
- John is brilliant whether taking photographs with analogue 35mm machines, analogue medium format cameras, digital cameras or with an iPhone.
- John is a selfless mentor for other photographers... taking time to comment on the work of others to give encouragement, praise and advice, sharing the work of new photographic talents to his ello account and encouraging them to expand their skill set, and promoting the work of his peers to his group of followers in order to increase their exposure.
- John collaborates internationally with other photographers and has had amazing results both with double exposure films shot with collaborators, and also with self collaborations of up to four exposures over the same emulsion film that he experiments with.
- John takes film that has been manipulated by other amazing artists (and here I must mention @walter_ac and his amazing vodka/coffee/tea/window cleaner emulsion creations) and uses these crazy emulsions to enhance his natural photographic ability.
Please consider @baxtus for a creative excellence award to recognise his artistic spirit and creative vision. His photography is worthy of this honour and he spends every available moment living his photography and dreaming of the next photograph. It would be his dream to further increase the time he can spend sharing his love of film photography with those around him and to fulfil his dreams of a collective group of photographic artists in the northern NSW area that can work together to collaborate photographically, develop film and print images in a local darkroom together.
Thank you. Fingers crossed!