Story by Roy Ramsay / Photography by Colin Payne
Payne was born and raised in Newfoundland. He began photography nearly 15 years ago, back when 35mm film was still the widely chosen format, which was about to be turned on its ear as digital imaging made its debut. Payne honed his craft with film for nearly seven years before jumping into the digital arena in 2006 with his studies of photojournalism. He has gone on to study and master many areas of photography, including documentary, commercial, portraiture and architecture, among others. Payne’s passion, however, is firmly planted in nature and landscape photography.
The Newfoundland native now resides just outside of Nelson, BC, situated nicely within the bounty that is British Columbia, where there’s no shortage of mountains, water and beautiful light. “My images are meditations on the intimate details of nature and landscapes that surround me,” Payne says. He has a very natural view of the world, where everything around us is ever-changing and renewing. For him, countless hours can be spent shooting and watching that landscape change. Payne’s evolved sense of the world has made him connect to the landscape in such a way that his images are created as fine art, rather than with a documentary view. “I find my most powerful images come when I work in locations that I know really well,” he says. “When I go out to shoot I have to look deeper to find the subtler details that tend to make meaningful images.”
Payne works as a freelance writer/photographer for several news publications as well as a number of magazines, such as The Province, Vancouver Sun, Snowboarder’s Journal and Huffington Post BC, to name a few. His work can be seen at Gallery 378 in Nelson and the Kootenay Gallery in Castlegar, BC. Payne also teaches photography workshops to help students become better photographers and get more enjoyment out of their cameras.
• Silver medalist in the 2013 San Francisco International Photography Exhibition
• Bronze in the 2012 and 2013 Epson International Pano Awards
• Canon 5D Mark II
• Canon 30D
• Canon 17-40mm f/4L
• Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 I
• Canon 70-200mm f/4L (non –IS)
• Sigma 50mm f/1.4
• Canon 1.4X extender
• Olympus OM-D EM5
• Olympus 75mm f/1.8
• Olympus 60mm f/2.8 macro
• Olympus 12mm f/2
• Samyang 7.5mm fisheye
• 2 Metz 580 AF-1 speedlites with wireless transmitters
• Manfrotto 055CXPro 4 tripod with 054 ballhead
• Singh-Ray filters
When I was alerted to Payne’s presence on the photography scene, I knew I had to share his vision with you, our readers. I look forward to seeing what lies around the corner for him, and what else he will share with the world of photography.
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