Patrick Clelland

Jan 15th, 2020

Patrick Clelland


Patrick Clelland grew up in Sydney, Australia, where he continues to work. He is an industrial chemist by profession but spends most his spare time on photography.

Why did you start taking photos?

Long before I picked up a camera, I used to make pictures with a flatbed scanner, like collages of random objects and drawings I’d done. That got me interested in making images and after a while I realized that I should start using a camera. When something really captures your interest, it just sticks and you keep going simply for the fun of it. There’s no logical reason for doing it.

Do your parents like your work?

Sometimes. I don’t think they quite understand why I focus on everyday things. They say there must be more interesting things to photograph, like mountains and rivers or other natural things.

How do you determine if a work has been a success?

When it captures accurately what I saw at the time. When color, texture and lighting all come together in good balance. But more importantly when it elevates the subject beyond what it simply is at a glance. A strong photograph should grab your attention and hold it for a long time.

Tell us about the works we are featuring?

I’ve been working on a photobook about Sydney for the last year or so. These images are taken from that collection.

What are you working on right now?

I’m starting a few projects around different parts of Sydney and also in countryside Australia.

What does the future hold for your work?

I only hope that I can keep traveling and shooting and always follow my eye. The most important thing is to stay curious and appreciate the opportunity to photograph. If you can do that, the photos will take care of themselves.