Featured Photographer – Michael Samson

11 January 2017

Hi, I’m Michael Samson. My passion for photography began when I was young and I bought an ancient Praktica 35mm film camera. I found photography fun and creative and it made me look at my surrounding environment in new ways, to find objects, colours, shapes and textures to take photos.

I live in the Central West of NSW. The amazing scenery is full of colours from the red soil, and changing seasonal colours of the green pastures, golden Autumn grape vines and yellow Spring canola fields that stretch to the horizon. Sunsets and sunrises are never dull and the blue skies are often criss-crossed with multiple condensation trails from aircraft flying overhead. I enjoy seascapes as well and I have recently started learning how to take night photos and astrophotography.

The best thing about photography in the countryside is having a whole world to yourself, with the serenity and solitude that only wide open spaces can give. I try to capture this isolated remoteness in my images. It makes me feel like a tiny spec in the universe and, at the same time, you can feel like you are the only one in the world. The beauty of the countryside inspires me to take more photos and better images.

I can’t explain the satisfaction that capturing a beautiful image can bring. I’ve spent countless hours driving and getting lost to take the best image I can capture. As much as I enjoy all this, it makes it especially worthwhile when others give me the privilege of having one of my images displayed on a wall in their home. Every photo is a learning experience and a great enjoyment. I always encourage friends to explore our great land and take photos of the world around them. We are spoilt for choice in New South Wales.

My favourite places to photograph in NSW are Port Stephens, Jervis Bay and the Central West around Parkes. My wish list includes Broken Hill and Lord Howe Island. Thanks for reading and feel free to stop by and look at my Instagram page.

Instagram: @micksamsonphoto

Canola field, Manildra

Canola field, Manildra. Image credit: Michael Samson

Canola field, Parkes

Canola field, Parkes. Image credit: Michael Samson

Bennetts Beach, Port Stephens

Bennetts Beach, Port Stephens. Image credit: Michael Samson

White sands of Hyams Beach

White sands of Hyams Beach. Image credit: Michael Samson

Surfers at Cabarita Beach, North Coast

Surfers at Cabarita Beach, North Coast. Image credit: Michael Samson

Jimmy's Beach, Port Stephens

Jimmy’s Beach, Port Stephens. Image credit: Michael Samson

Green wheat and canola in Parkes, Country NSW

Green wheat and canola in Parkes, Country NSW. Image credit: Michael Samson

Galahs at Bathurst, Country NSW

Galahs at Bathurst, Country NSW. Image credit: Michael Samson

Balloon Glow, Canowindra International Balloon Challenge

Balloon Glow, Canowindra International Balloon Challenge. Image credit: Michael Samson

The CSIRO- Dish near Parkes, Country NSW

The CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope near Parkes, Country NSW. Image credit: Michael Samson