Close Up Interview with photographer Ed Hurst

Tell us a little about yourself and what you do.

I am both a psychologist and a photographer. I find myself inspired by the world and our place in it – expressed through finding surprising perspectives on familiar things. I am fascinated by the juxtaposition of cities, the night sky, the ocean, great open spaces – all of the things where what is familiar is set against the power and scale of nature. The moment is right when there seems to be something to say, yet I have no clear of how to say it. Sydney is perfect for this approach as it is filled with things that are globally familiar set against nature and a wonderfully clear view of space. Creating work that is worth seeing requires me to be open, serene and hardworking all at once!

Star Bathing (Print Only)

Printed on fine art metallic paper
30.0 x 42.0 cm
AUD  125

Where do you get your inspiration from when you shoot?

I have absolutely no idea. I lay myself open and somehow it finds me. Or not…

What are the five words that people who know you would use to describe you?

Warm, humorous, thoughtful, passionate, principled

Two Faces (Framed)

74.0 x 110.0 cm, Printed on fine art matt lustre paper, box frame
AUD  790  incl. GST

Tell us about your very first job and what path have you taken since then?

My first job was as a student, when I worked in a vegetable processing factory. It taught me how much truly hard work there is in the world and how ‘hard’ means more than just working a lot. Since then, I have embarked on a career as both a business psychologist and a photographer. My psychology work is for Lime Consulting – a firm that focuses on transforming the lives of people and organisations. What is clear is that worthwhile lives need to have meaning and a sense of our shared humanity. Somehow photography embodies that too – it allows me to explore what I care about purely because it matters in its own terms; it also allows me to glance at the universe and momentarily see it differently.

Deep Limits (Acrylic)

50.0 x 52.0 cm, Acrylic – Printed on fine art metallic paper
AUD  887  incl. GST

How do you usually plan your daily activities?

This depends whether I am going to spend the day doing what I love – taking pictures – or working behind the scenes on processing, website, business activities. On a photography day, I start with my inspiration – what am I trying to express, capture, evoke, feel? Once that is translated into a vision, I begin planning light angles, checking the weather, looking at moon phase, tide tables, sun times – and work out where I need to be, at what time. Sometimes, this involves flights, long drives, even hiring boats. Other times, it’s as simple as popping into somewhere familiar. But always I make sure I get there in plenty of time to make sure I am ready and in the right frame of mind to let the atmosphere and mood inhabit me.

Remember Forever (Print Only)

Printed on fine art metallic paper
27.5 x 30.0 cm
AUD  125

As an artist, what is your biggest frustration?

Not going somewhere and missing a big opportunity. I can always accept embarking on a shoot and getting nothing out of it; life is like that sometimes, as you can try again. But NOT going and missing something? That can never be undone – and I am usually a very grumpy person when that happens until the next opportunity distracts me.

Tell us about how you prioritise your art?

This is an easy one – I always focus on the art that inspires me most at that time, the art that I have started already, the art that I have promised someone and the art that the conditions make possible! Other projects will come to the surface when they are ready.

Pittwater Lights (Framed)

54.0 x 65.0 cm, Printed on fine art matt lustre paper, box frame
AUD  295  incl. GST

How do you connect with other artists, and your customers (i.e. how do you network)?

Through my website, social media, writing magazine articles, giving talks, chance meetings, contacting interested people by email, holding exhibitions, recommendations/referrals.

Your advice to artist who are just starting out?

Always do what feels inspiring and authentic. Be brave. Be honest. Anything else will fail and be worth nothing even if it succeeds. Keep trying.

Rock of Ages (Acrylic)

30.0 x 56.0 cm, Acrylic – Printed on fine art metallic paper
AUD  887  incl. GST

Tell us about your up coming Solo Art exhibition at ArtSHINE Gallery?

This is the culmination of a lot of dreaming and hard work – it’s extremely exciting! For several years now, I have been capturing the night sky over Australia – always focusing on setting the sky against a familiar scene rather than shooting it in isolation. Although I didn’t know it at first, this is because there is something compelling about the contrast between our human scale, our short lives, our tiny planet, the noisy way we think we are so important – and the infinite eternity of the cosmos. The star gazed down unseeingly before life started on Earth and will be blankly staring down after the planet itself explodes. In some of the pictures, it seems like the stars are rushing past, but it’s our planet spinning madly while they serenely glow as they have always done. I find that thought compulsively fascinating, dreadful, terrifying and calming in equal measure. In these most uncertain of times, perhaps we need to be more aware of our modest place in the universe and what a beautiful series of moments we inhabit.

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What is your proudest moment so far?

Apart from the moment my children were born and the moment my partner, Debbie, came into my world, this would be when someone first expressed an interest in obtaining one of my pictures. That happened 23 years ago and I have been hooked ever since.

Sailing By (Print only)

30.0 x 33.0 cm, Printed on fine art metallic paper
AUD  125  incl. GST

Who do you most want to meet and why?

Charles Dickens – because of his humanity, his eloquence, his belief that art can change the world, his commitment to justice and his flawed, honest life.

What is the most important lesson in life that you have learned?

To do the things that you will look back on when you are old and feel peace in your soul.

Luna Twist (Acrylic) 

44.0 x 50.0 cm, Acrylic – Printed on fine art metallic paper
AUD  887  incl. GST

What book are you reading right now, and do you have a book you would like to recommend?

‘Kafka on the Shore’ by Haruki Murakami

Where do we find you and your art?

ArtSHINE Gallery

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I am a Business LifeStyle coach who specialises in working with artists, designers, crafters and all creative professionals. Myself and my partner Stuart Horrex are here to help you to achieve your Life & business goal and dreams. We have had over 20 years experience in finance, retail,furniture,food,wine fashion,crafts and hospitality.

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