Hello and welcome to my website. My name is Tom Clarke and originate from Ireland.
I have been taking pictures for as long as I can remember; something I inherited from my late father - he always carried a camera with him wherever he went, either with family or his work. As teenagers, we 'grew out' of willingness to be in family photos, and would frown when my father's camera came out! Looking back, we are so glad that he took all the photos he did, since those memories are irreplaceable now.
My first ever camera was a Hannimex 110 film camera, complete with the block of flash cubes atop - anyone remember those days?! I recall when colour film for the mass market had arrived in Ireland, previous to which we only had access to black and white film. What progress! My first 'proper' camera was the Zenith 12XP SLR film camera. Armed with this, bunch of film and some prime lenses, I'd go exploring the city and countryside for interesting subjects to capture. Then came the digital era!
These days, though I possess both digital and film equipment, I mostly shoot using digital - the choice of camera and lens depending on the genre and emotional imagery I wish to create.
Like some of the forefathers of photography, such as Henry Cartier-Bresson, I prefer to own the entire process from image capture through to editing, printing and framing. In that way, I have complete control over quality and the consistency of my work including the large format digital fine art, canvas and photo prints I produce - some of which can be purchased through my on-line store here. For more enquiries, contact me via [email protected]
I have been fortunate to have been able to visit more than 40 countries thus far, and have captured wonderful images from around the world, across several genres - some of which can be seen here. I am a member of the Royal Photographic Society. I have had my work critiqued by the world-famous Magnum Photo Agency in New York and I never tire of improving my craft - whether that be of a creative, technical or academic nature. Life is for learning!
In case you are wondering why I chose the website name Occipitalis Creations - well, in an effort to be 'unique', I discovered through research, that one of the lobes in the human brain - the occipital lobe - is responsible for processing visual information. Hey presto!
Once again, thank you for visiting my website today - I do hope that you enjoy a selection of my work. Should you like to 'follow' me on social media, the links are below.