ABOUT THE ARTIST
Peter Stewart is among a rare breed of modern artists, breaking the mold with his conceptual based imagery and unique style of fine art travel photography.
With only ten years behind the camera, Peter has slowly built up a reputable portfolio of award-winning images and established himself alongside some of the worlds best-known travel photographers.
Entirely self-taught, Peter’s interest in photography started during his early solo backpacking trips around South-East Asia, where the desire to document both the beauty and chaos of its landmarks and sprawling megacities took hold.
Born in Australia, but with half his life spent living in England, he later made the move back to his home city of Perth in his mid-twenties. In 2014, he decided to fully embrace the nomadic lifestyle and sold all of his possessions (minus the cameras naturally), in order to travel almost exclusively full-time. Subsequently moving to Hong Kong as a second home upon which to base his movements around Asia. It was here that Peter cemented his style of hyperreal architecture photography, finding inspiration in the patterns and shapes of the high rise estates strewn all across the city. Later in 2018, Peter migrated again to Hoi An in Central Vietnam, which is now his current base in-between travels.
Peter's images often focus on themes involving a mass scale, with the underlying desire being to showcase the urban sprawl within Asia's megacities.
Fully embracing a completely digital workflow to produce and manipulate his images, Peter continues to strive for that look he says hinges on the edge of fantasy. The use of vibrant color and deep texture are just some of the hallmarks of his images. Surprisingly, he is also a vocal supporter of traditional film photography. Still opting to work with 35mm film for many of his personal projects and street photography.
PUBLICATIONS & EXHIBITIONS
National Geographic Magazine - 'The Grid'
Daily Mail UK - Stacked Hong Kong Feature
Buffalo Games USA - Cinque Terre Jigsaw Puzzle
Google - Lair of the Dark Knight & Hyperspeed. Officially Licensed Wallpapers for Android
Digital Photo UK Magazine Dec 2013 - 'Bangkok Dangerous'
Digital Photo UK Magazine Spring 2014 - 'A View to Die For'
Digital Photo UK Magazine July 2014 - Cover Feature, 'Walking in Arashiyama'
GEO Magazine Germany Jan 2015 - 'The Grid'
Nat Geo / Bored Panda / Designboom / Vice / La Repubblica / MyModernMet / WIRED - Hong Kong 'Stacked' Feature
Travel + Leisure (Mexico) Magazine April 2015 - Cover Feature, 'Walking in Arashiyama'
Practical Photography Magazine July 2015 - 'Elevate'
National Geographic Books - Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary - Cloud City #1
National Geographic Magazine Japan Jan 2016 - 'Back to the Trenches'
The Independent UK Sun 29th Nov 2015- Feature on 'Stacked Hong Kong'
Hypebeast Feb 2016 - Feature on Skylines of Hong Kong
Nikon Asia - Promotional feature for the Nikon D810
Sawasdee Magazine for Thai Airlines March 2016 - Feature article & front cover on Hong Kong architecture
Apple.com - 'Good Morning, Hong Kong' for iPad Pro promotional material
Colours Magazine for Garuda Indonesia April 2016 - 'Big Square, Little Square'
Colours Magazine for Garuda Indonesia July 2016 - 'The Bamboo Forest'
Practical Photography Magazine Oct 2017 - 'Rainbow Hoops'
Digital Photo Magazine Poland Dec 2017 - 'Stacked' Feature
National Geographic Books - Night Vision - Cover image 'Cloud City"' and various images throughout (Released Oct 2017)
GEO Magazine (Vietnam & Laos Special) Jan 2019 - Front cover and double page spread
Australian Photography Magazine Jan 2019 - 10 page featured interview
Practical Photography Magazine Oct 2019 - 'The Crossing'
Leica Gallery Hong Kong 2013
PAN Amsterdam Art Fair 2014
REALISME Art Fair 2015
KunstRAI Amsterdam 2015
Art.Fair Cologne, Germany Sept 2015
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam Oct 2015
Photo Beijing 2015
Affordable Art Fair Hamburg Nov 2015
Masters of LXRY Amsterdam 2015
Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair 2016
Art Breda 2016
Affordable Art Fair 2016 - Amsterdam, Hamburg & London
Masters of LXRY Amsterdam 2016
Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam 2017
London Art Fair 2018
London Art Fair 2018
Affordable Art Fair 2018/2019 - London, Amsterdam & Brussels
WHATS IN MY BAG
My primary workhorse is the Nikon D810. I use this for the majority of my work due to the incredible resolution and latitude for editing that raw files from this camera can provide. More recently, I've also been shooting with the Fuji X100f as my secondary camera for handheld use when travelling. The compact nature of the Fuji, along with the Ricoh GR which I adore for street photography, allow me to capture impromptu scenes in the moment, saving the bulkier DSLR setup for the times when I'm typically tripod based and have a pre-planned setup in mind.
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As a full-time traveller, I have to carry every piece of equipment with me wherever I go. So keeping weight limits to a minimum on lenses is one of my top priorities. For this reason, I rely on the Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 & Nikon 70-200 f/4 zooms as my primary optics to cover the general wide to tele focal ranges. For ultra-wide scenes and architecture, my goto lens is the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 prime. As an affordable low-cost and lightweight lens, I find it easily rivals the optical quality of many other expensive wide angle primes.