Chris Round | Sydney, Australia

Short bio:
I’m a Fine Art photographer, based in Sydney, Australia. I studied at both Canterbury College of Art and the School of Communication Arts in the UK, and also Sydney College Of Art in Australia. I’ve also had a career in advertising, winning many international accolades including a coveted Grand Prix at Cannes. I have exhibited widely in group shows and as a solo artist both in Australia and overseas with my two most notable solo shows being ‘Evidence’, curated by the highly respected curator Sandy Edwards, and Transient Realities that was a featured exhibition at the HeadOn Festival in 2014. My work has also been awarded both locally and internationally, highlights include: Shortlisted World Photo Awards; HeadOn Landscape Prize – Finalist each year; Winner CLIP Regional Landscape Prize; 3rd place QCP ‘Space & Place’; Twice finalist and Honourable Mention Exposure NY; Winner Best Architectural Image, Kodak Salon Awards, selected Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Prize.

Why do you photograph on film?
Using film makes me work harder to capture the right image. With a limited amount of shots on each roll, I have to carefully consider each element in my photograph because I can’t just shoot off several shots to ‘cover my bases’. This leads to a higher quality image in my mind. There are numerous other reasons like tonal range, grain, happy accidents and the shear thrill of picking up the film from the lab, to name a few.

What is your work about?
I am primarily interested in documenting the everyday world around me, with a particular interest in landscapes featuring human interventions that visually activate their surroundings in strangely compelling ways. I am drawn to spaces that convey surreal or fictitious narratives, fortuitously photogenic environments that I try to carefully document rather than photographically exaggerate. Some of my work also explores the notion of place in the context of my dual citizenship of Australia and the UK. Often my Australian landscapes are shot under the soft light of overcast days, conditions more in keeping with my younger days in England – the muted tones portray an evenly balanced sense of place: an Australian scene with an ‘English’ sky.