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Artists of the Outback Creative] Bec Middleton

Artists of the Outback Creative] Bec Middleton

Bec Middleton - Outback Creative Photographer

Why do you make your art?

As a young child, I felt a strong compulsion to create. As I grew older, that need to capture meaningful moments, fleeting shadows and beautiful light was so strong I used to carry a sketch pad and pencils with me everywhere, but then life and the need to make decisions about my future got in the way. Whilst I had always been encouraged in my art, I was strongly advised to pick a career path that was more secure; ironically, I opted for agriculture, quite possibly one of the most volatile professions one can choose! I continue to make art, in the modified artform of photography, because I need to; you don’t choose art, art chooses you.

How do you make your art?

Mostly with my camera, but I still dabble in painting and sketching, and am looking into doing a basic blacksmithing course in the near future to help satisfy my need to create with my hands.

What does it mean to you?

Simply? The difference between merely existing from day to day, and living a full, rich life which feeds my soul as well as my physical body and mind.

What inspires you?

Life. People. Light. Inspiration comes from the smallest things, a kind word from a stranger, a beautiful sunset, a rusting hulk of machinery in a paddock, laughter at my dogs antics, a forgotten homestead on a windswept hill, staring in awe up at the majestic Milkyway… Inspiration is everywhere if you have your eyes and mind open to it.

Who inspires you?

I don’t have one person in my life who inspires me. I have many, as we all do, possibly without even being conscious of it. Everyone experiences life through their own set of filters, and my inspiration from other people comes from them sharing their unique experience of the world with me.

Where inspires you?

Open spaces for sure; the bush and the ocean. Places which are bigger than the self, and put ones own life and importance into perspective. Places that allow the space and time for introspection and have the power to inspire true awe in that over which we have no control.

What makes your art unique?

That’s a hard question to answer, but also simple. I view the world through my own filter, which is different to everyone else’s. I guess I see light and shadow, shape and composition in a slightly different way to other people, and that perception is partly due to my experiences in life. So, some people who can empathise with my point of view love my work. But I realise that it doesn’t resonate with everyone, and that is OK too!