Interview with Sydney Based Photographer for The Fashions of the Field.

Interview with Sydney Based Photographer for The Fashions of the Field – Photography is a way of living.

The creative part of photography is very short. A painter can elaborate, a writer can, but as it’s given, we have to pick that moment, the decisive moment, it is there.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson – Famous Photographers Tell How (1958)

For those of who have been at the Sydney’s horse races and participated at the Fashion on the Fields and who haven’t heard of George Gittany, I guarantee that you’ve seen his work before. He has shot the most interesting moments of the horse racing Carnivals in Sydney.

To label George Gittany The Fashion on the fields Photographer or an event or fashion photographer would be doing him an injustice, with his work spanning across several genres, but we have to publish here only shots from races.

In this interview, I spoke in depth with George about his life, his work, his inspirations, his camera gear, his advice to a new generation pf photographers and much more.

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Over to you George…

  1. How did you get started in the industry? 

Photography has been a passion of mine for the past 35 years. It started with an old Pentax camera my father had and a black and white darkroom session at school when I was in year 7. From then on I’ve always played around with photography.

  1. What moves or inspires you most in life as well as work? 

With a passion for the arts, my inspiration is anything beautiful, it doesn’t matter if it’s a solitary tree, an elegantly dressed woman, or even a car with graceful curves or symmetrical lines. Furthermore, my biggest drive is seeing my clients smiles when they see the end result and reading their generous feedbacks in posts, blogs, emails, etc.

My favourite areas of work are varied. I cover a lot of sports events, including football, swimming, basketball. I shoot for schools as well with many of my images being used for internal promotional work, school websites, and annual magazines. I have also shot nature and have had my images published in National Parks and Wildlife magazine. My forte is really photographing people. I love working with the little angels and highlighting their innocence and cheekiness. I have shot many childrens portraits from many different age groups ranging from being still in mummys tummy to the, “I can shoot better than you” teens. I really do enjoy working with pregnant women and helping them show off their beautiful pregnant bodies. Helping them realise that no matter what your body shape, A woman is still a beautiful creation of God.

  1. What interests you most about working in photography? 

The challenge of every shoot being unique is a what keeps me interested. Some people may think that you just point and shoot. You can do that but there is no life in the photo. I read the environment before every shot adjusting the camera settings with the end result in mind. There are never 2 photos alike.

  1. Where is your work based and where has it taken you recently?

Being a freelance photographer I don’t have a base as such. My work takes me wherever I’m called. Most people grab their car keys and wallet in the morning when leaving home but the first thing I grab is my camera bag. My camera goes wherever I go as life is full of interesting moments that need to be frozen for the future.

  1. What elements of the work bring you the most stress?

Mechanical or equipment failure is what stresses me out the most. These days, equipment is mostly high tech electronics and you just don’t know when it decides to play up. I have spare equipment on hand at all times but you get used to one camera body and you have a favourite lens and it’s hard when they play up. This is something I have no control over and losing control of a shoot is stressful for me but I continue regardless.

  1. What approaches/techniques do you use and what would you consider your ‘style’?

My style is unique. I love details. I approach every shot with detail as a priority, be it a close up photo of a knot in a ribbon, the lace on a fascinator or even the broader detail in the entire photo. There are no real techniques for this. It’s simply in me. A person either has an eye for detail or has not. It’s not really something that can be learned.

  1. Which is more important to you, the subject or the way it is executed?

The subject has no importance to me when it comes to shooting. The way it is executed is by far the important factor here. I can make a calamari ring look terrible or make your mouth water when you look at it in my photos. Yes it is harder to shoot things I’m not interested in but that’s compensated by all the beautiful things I do photograph.

  1. What does a typical work day look like for you? And how many hours do you put in?

A typical fashion shoot for me has no time limit. I will keep shooting until I have captured a photo that brings a tear, a smile or a gasp to those who view it. I try to perfect each photo at the shooting stage but once that’s done there are hours on my desk sorting out the images. There’s a high criteria when selecting the good from the bad. The last shoot I was involved in was for an up and coming designer that had 6 new dresses to his range. It was 4 hours shooting on the field and 6 hours of editing with a result of a dozen or so photos that I was proud of to put my name to.

  1. With iPhones and tablets now, everyone is a photographer. What do you think the future of photography is?

The future of photography is changing greatly and at an extremely scary pace. There are many, many so called photographers now. DSLR’s (digital single lens reflex) cameras are now becoming very affordable and very good even at the entry level. But this does not automatically make you a photographer. I’ll give you an example, a few weeks ago I was shooting fashion on the field. I was mingling with other pro photographers on the field and drooling over the equipment they had. My camera body alone was 1/5 of the price of the other photographers camera body’s yet my images were still highly sought after. Photographic equipment can improve and make photography a lot more attractive and user friendly but if you are not a photographer at heart nothing will ever allow you to be one.

  1. If there is one piece of advice that would be useful for photographers starting out, what would that be?

Respect those around you. Respect your subject be it material or person. When shooting people, make them comfortable to be with you.

One of the most important things to remember in this industry is, you need to be willing to give more than receive.

One of the most important things to remember in this industry is, you need to be willing to give more than receive.

For many years I have been shooting a lot of architectural interior finishes and my work has been published in Universal Publications such as Kitchens & Bathrooms Quarterly, Grand Designs Australia, and the likes. Lately, my images have been used by ATC (Australian Turf Club) and many other fashionistas involved in this sport of passion and fashion. In the past few months, I have spent a great deal of time collaborating with up and coming designers, make up artists, hairdressers and models. My services have helped them promote their work. My payment for this is the pure pleasure of helping fellow artists move forward in this tough industry.

George Gittany fashions on the field photographer

Happy faces, beautiful head wear, colourful and vibrant outfits.

The photography is not about how many lights you have. It is about spotting beauty, it is about seeing that you don’t need anything, because it’s about spotting what is right.

Polymer Clay Flowers Floral Crown Irina Kalonatchi
Irina Kalonatchi – Editor of, wearing stunning handmade headpiece from the polymer clue by Russian artisan Evgeniay Moscovskaya (please read article about her craft here)
Tammy Bartaia – Movie Actress, TV presenter and  Fashion Model ( read more about Tammy here)
Lyesther Collyer  – Event Media (and media)
Natasha Nizkopoklonnova

Capturing different characters on Camera ...

Anybody can be interesting…

Today the content and social rotation of that content is the only thing that important – we are all obsessed by it. If someone has done a few movies or wrote bestselling book, have a huge followers on Facebook and massive Instagram account, we automatically connect our life experiences and inspirations to those people. From that point of view, celebrities who produce brilliant films, songs or the book… are more exciting than a regular person. But everybody that is famous started out not being famous one day. So if we weren’t interested in people that weren’t famous then they would never become famous. So anybody can be interesting…anyone can become famous…

Tammy Bartaia giving interview to Chanel 9 – read here more about Tammy.

George Gittany Fashions on the field celebrity photographer - 35

There are things that just take you into the limelight.

"My style is unique. I love details"

The Fashions on the Fields Contestents.

George uses camera as an extension of his eyes to spot and highlight the obvious and hidden beauty in the women. He has that gift of making ladies, styled in unique hats and late fashion dresses, look like real celebrities.
Not surprise that he has a stunningly beautiful wife Maria at home, who is his own muse.

eorge Gittany Fashions on the field celebrity photographer

INSTAGRAM @George_Gittany_Photography

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