James (Jim) Gow Lives in Fremantle, Western Australia and schooled at John Curtin High, then went on to qualify as a pharmacist at Curtin University (WAIT).
The first photos were at about 17 years, at high school after his grandparents, Jim and Marjorie Gow gave him an AGFA fix focus camera taking slides.
He was completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award through high school and used to take the camera on the 2-6 day expeditions through the blackberry infested Nannup river system in South West, Western Australia.
Christian Fletcher’s (www.christianfletcher.com.au) gallery in Mandurah, Western Australia first inspired Jim.
It has been a pleasure to have met some of Australia’s best photographers they are Ken Duncan, Christian Fletcher, Tony Hewitt, Nick Rains, Michael Fletcher, Mark Stothard, Peter Eastway, Jackie Ranken NZ, Mike Langford NZ and from the U.S. Kevin Raber.
Jim has always loved taking landscape photography and Christian’s work inspired him to find out what he was doing and what cameras he used.
Jim bought another camera, a FUJI 617 manual panorama camera as that’s what Christian was using in his early shots. A great camera but it only takes 4 shots of 120 roll film and the camera cost $4,500 second hand! Using a manual light meter, a Minolta no less.
As a scientifically based analytical type person Jim didn’t believe that digital would ever beat the molecular quality of fine grain film taken at 50 ISO. He was so wrong.
Enter the Phase One IQ180 80-megapixel camera. Medium Format 6.x4.5cm image size and 35 ISO.
Kym and Jim went on a PODAS – Phase One Digital Art Series seminar to New Zealand in 2011 in Queenstown, New Zealand with Ken Duncan and Christian Fletcher both Australian Landscape Photographers of the year. Ken is an absolute gentleman and Christian is a crack-up always ready with a quick retort or repartee.
Love taking landscapes. This website is the home of jimmygphotography.com.au and jimgowphotography.com.au.