Stephen Tester has been fascinated by photography ever since he made his first contact print at the age of 9. It took 45 years before that fascination evolved into a passion for landscape photography. Influenced by the work of Paul Caponigro, Michael Kenna, Don Worth and Gordon Undy, he developed his skills in workshops at Sydney University, Point Light Studio, and Black Mountain Photographic Workshops. He worked in the Applied Engineering Industry until 2005, when he committed full time to landscape photography.
Tester is attracted to photograph those places that he connects to and engages with.
He is not only concerned with the physical objects seen through the camera but also with the elusiveness of the moment; the light that falls upon the scene, the breeze, sounds and scents that together form the quiet sense of place, its soul.
His use of film cameras, particularly large format cameras, provides the means to create unique, individual photographs unconstrained by proprietary processes.
He has exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Regional Victoria.