In Conversation... Tom Mackie
In 1985, Tom Mackie made two very big life decisions – he moved from America to Britain and then embarked on a career as a professional landscape photographer. More than 30 years later, he reflects on the changes from large format to digital and reveals his plans to bring his popular photo workshops to the shores of Australia and New Zealand
Interview by Keith Wilson
You started out as a studio-based commercial photographer. What prompted the switch to landscape photography?
At the time in LA I was working in a photo lab and many of our clients were landscape photographers. We were producing these massive murals, Cibachromes, for them and I just loved looking at the sharpness and quality. They were using large format cameras. So, I started looking more into doing landscapes at weekends: I’d do trips out to Colorado, or along the West Coast. It was eye opening. I could...