Shane is an Australian photographer who has worked as a creative director and photographer in some of the largest advertising agencies in the world.
He currently lives in London, but travels regularly, photographing the world we live in and its incredible diversity of life. His journalistic works reflect the entire spectrum of life.In recent years much of his time has been spent in the Australian Outback, capturing the hard work (‘hard Yakka’ in shearing OZ speak) of the ‘sheep shearers’ and’ miners’ in the gold and Opel fields of New South Wales.
Shane Aurousseau prints his work on Innova inkjet fine art papers using Canon printers. We spoke to him about his work and processes.
Tell us a bit about your own work, and what you are working on at the moment.
My current exhibition in Athens is based on a series of sheep shearing photographs. I grew up in Australia and although based in London I am still a citizen. Our family has a sheep station near Condobolin Central NSW. I have done a considerable amount of work on the Outback and especially the hard working sheep shearers or in shearing speak, hard Yakka. Condobolin is on the Lachlan river and the overflow on this river is the setting for one of Australia’s best known poems “Clancy of the Overflow” Clancy was a shearer. This poem was written by A B “Banjo” Paterson also wrote “The Man from Snowy River” the basis for two Hollywood movies and he wrote “Waltzing Matilda” so many believe wrongly to be the Australian national Anthem
I am also trying to plan a project with an Aboriginal group in Australia and hope to exhibit this next year.
What is your favourite recent image?
I have so many however the ones here for me show the Character and vastness of the Australian Outback. The Railway is the Indian Pacific it goes from one side of Australia to the other Indian ocean to Pacific.
You use the Canon Pixma Pro 10 inkjet printer with generic ICC profiles from Innova, and are very happy with the results. Why did you choose this particular printer?
I tested Canon and Epson and really liked the results from Canon and in most Canon Pro printers there is an extra ink cartridge. The quality is extremely good in both the Canon Pixma Pro 10 and the Canon Pixma Pro 1. The printer is accurate when used with ICC profiles, colours are vibrant and the black points are good in both the models I mentioned. I may at some time upgrade to the Canon A2 printer however this is only paper size issue to go beyond A3+ I also find I can control the colour density easily in Canon printers.
You use Innova Soft Textured Natural White 100% Cotton 315gsm (IFA22) for your own images – why is this your paper of choice?
I like the IFA22 you can retain a rich image with a soft feel. I have also tried the IFA29 (FibaPrint White Semi-Matte 300gsm) recently and really liked it. This is not a gloss, more of a luster and gives portraits that little more bounce especially on the highlights. Both are exceptional papers.
Shane currently has an exhibition of his photographs from the Australian outback at the Ianos Café in Athens, Greece, which runs from September 15 – October 15, 2016. Click here for more details about Shane Aurosseau’s current exhibition.
Update, October 2016: Innova Soft Textured Natural White 100% Cotton 315gsm (IFA 22) has recently been relaunched under a new name. This product is now known as Innova Editions Etching Cotton Rag 315gsm (IFA 22).