Phil's journey into photography played out somewhat in reverse. He started in the computer graphics field at a time when there were specific machines built for that purpose. As computer technology evolved, he moved into 3D computer animation, video production and print based design work. It was here that he learnt the intricacies' of the relationship between image resolution and print quality....a knowledge that has proved essential in photographing for large format.
The transition into photography from a host of other creative mediums was very simple, given that all the skills and knowledge from image processing were already there; the last piece of the puzzle was just the camera. However, in a world where camera equipment was becoming much more readily available to people, he knew he would have to differentiate himself from the vast array of budding photographers. The only way to do this was to go big. The challenges involved in shooting very large photographs are numerous. They cannot be overcome without a particular skill set sourced from a deep understanding of the techniques for exposing the photograph as well processing it afterwards.
Having mastered the image taking and production process, the next step was to understand and learn the finishing process. Having seen various methods of production, it was clear that the method whereby the photograph is adhered to the rear of acrylic, also known as face mounting was the most impressive and visually appealing way to display large photographs. This inspired him to obtain the equipment required and spend a long year learning and perfecting the process.
Phil's unparalleled expertise with the full VAST process, from shooting to finishing, has resulted in the creation of some of the most impressive ultra-high-resolution imagery ever created. His work has sold in galleries across the United States and is cherished by many avid photography collectors.