Photography Feature: Owen Martin

Owen Martin is a professional photographer based in Swansea, South Wales who studied Photojournalism at Swansea Metropolitan University. He photographs everything from foxes prowling through the snow to plane pollution in wonderful blue skies to experimentations with 35mm film where a more abstract approach is taken and colour, texture and exposure are the focus of the images produced. 
Using a mixture of digital and film captures, techniques and processes Owen really takes advantage of the characteristics of each of these mediums to create images that really contain a moment or feeling; the sunny exhilaration of the surfer, the inferiority of the sailor gazing up at the vast blue sky, or the loneliness of the creature staring out in to the dark night with only the full moon lighting his landscape. 

Owen's diverse photographic experience and style affords him the ability to photograph anything, creating a beautiful and professional finish. The obvious aesthetic appeal of this, as well as his hard work and determination, has led to his work being exhibited both locally and internationally, including shows in Venice and New York.

Who inspires you?
Some of the artists who have inspired my work include: Richard Misrach, Paul Seawright, Paul Graham, Michael Light and Rut Blees Luxemburg.

Why photography?
I have always taken photographs, I'm interested in science and technology and I feel that photography is the medium that best allows me to include these in my work. I am also interested in other mediums such as graffiti, painting and drawing but I have been better at photography than anything else.

Film or digital?
I use both film and digital in my work, my recent work has been more digital than film, with my digital work I try to create photographs that are uniquely digital by pushing my equipment to its limits to create images that couldn't be created using film. With my film work I try to create images that couldn't be created with digital cameras. I generally prefer digital as it gives me a lot more control over my images although I don't use image editing software other than for basic changes that could be done in a darkroom with film.

What's your favourite colour?
I don't have a favourite colour, I am more interested in texture, light and shadow than colour.

What do you hope the future will bring for you?
I would like to be able to make enough money from my art work to stop doing any other work and continue exhibiting my work in as many places as I can.

Find more of Owen Martin's work here: www.owenmartin.co.uk and www.owenmartinphoto.com


  1. Great interview! I love using digital, so much to utilize in expanding on one's vision!

    1. Thank you! Owen gave some wonderful answers, a real insight in to what he does and why he does it.

  2. Ohh I really love the image at the Top!