Would you mind introducing yourself? Hi, my name is Thomas Seear-Budd (@thomasseearbudd). I am a photographer and architecture graduate. Both of which I am passionate about. My photographic work focuses on commissions for brands, tourism organizations and publications. I am also exploring more fine art based projects which I am collaborating on with possible galleries in New Zealand. Architecture wise I mostly work on large commercial buildings with the firm Studio Pacific. I often combine my passions by photographing architecture for magazines and / or clients.
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I live in New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, which has great accessibility to beautiful landscapes, seascapes and fellow creatives to collaborate with on projects.
Is there any specific way you would describe your style of photography? Simple, dynamic, sublime and enigmatic.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? During my architecture degree I used photography a lot during my site analysis or as part of the design process. I enjoyed capturing the landscape in a certain way, analyzing the images at home and then using those findings to influence the design. For my final year thesis I conducted a photographic study of a burnt down forest of mountain ash trees in Australia. This project really cemented by love for image making.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I have vivid memories of camping on Greenland’s expansive ice sheet in 2014. More recently I climbed to the top of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand. This had been on my to do list for some time and was worth he wait. Photographing Ruapehu’s icebergs and the beautiful crater lake under a blanket of fog was really special.
What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? My mother passed away when I was 12. She had a really strong love for travel and exploring creative passions. She inspires me everyday to do the best I can, to see as many places as I can and use my creativity to produce thought provoking work to inspire others.
What kind of camera do you use? I currently use a 5D mark 3 with a 24-70 F2.8 II. I have previously dabbled in 35mm and medium format film but this got too expensive. I would like to get back into film someday.
What is your editing process like? What apps/programs do you use most often? Or are most of your photos 'au naturel?’ My editing process is very simple. I do all of my editing in Lightroom and I do the edits pretty quickly. The key is to cull images prior to editing to save time. I tend to think that the really successful images shouldn't need too much editing. If you need to spend ages editing a shot then the light probably wasn't right to begin with.
Are there any tips you would like to give people out there who would love to recreate a similar style photos to yours? I think its really important to keep it simple, draw from the colours and tones in the raw image and work really hard on removing any unnecessary elements in the initial composition.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? Architecture and travel definitely. I also love furniture, design, magazines, ceramics and music. Not to mention my favourite car - Land Rover Defenders.
Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? We are about to head into Autumn in New Zealand. I have a couple of exciting shoots coming up but no immediate plans for any extensive overseas travelling.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? I love the work of Finn Beales (@finn), Rich Stapleton (@rvstapleton), Andrew Kearns (@andrewtkearns), Platon (@platon) and Rueben Wu (@itsreuben) just to name a few.
Are there any photographers here on instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? Andy Ross (@andyyross) is real talent that should be recognized further. Rich Stapleton (@rvstapleton) is pretty popular but also deserves a lot more recognition.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Antarctica, definitely.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Winter, when I am in the snow. I spent the previous summer in Japan for their winter. It was incredible.
Anything extra you would like to share? I just wanted to thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to share some of my work with your readers. I really appreciate it and enjoyed the experience. Cheers!