Capturing Canberra


Glenn Martin will be at the Handmade Market for the first time on October 20 & 21. A Canberra local, Glenn is causing a sensation with his stunning and award winning photography of Canberra landscapes and iconic locations. Capturing new angles of the city, its people and landscapes is what inspires Glenn, along with his drive to explore techniques that allow his images to reflect and enhance real life. We caught up with Glenn as he prepares for Handmade and asked him what the best thing is about being a photographer. For him, it’s about being able to take his photography wherever he wants it to be. “From very simple yet beautiful images of reeds in Lake Burley Griffin where the water was still like glass, to hanging out the open door of an airplane 1,500 feet above Lake Eyre South Australia, I get to capture images very few have the opportunity to.” But he also relishes the chance to share the things he’s seen with others through his images.
We asked whether Glenn has a favourite photograph. Previously, it was his fascinating image of the Milky Way and Aurora Australis that he captured while in Tasmania. However, his current favourite is a photograph he calls Alien Symbols. It’s an aerial view of Lake Eyre and represents some of his most unique work yet. This image also won a gold award at the recent Australian Professional Photography Awards making it his highest scoring print ever.

Glenn is excited to be at the Handmade Market as this will be the first time his prints have been on display en masse including some images he hasn’t previously released like Telstra Tower at sunrise. “I’m also a little nervous but I can’t wait to see what Canberra thinks when they see them in person.”

When asked what the best thing about Canberra is, he was very enthusiastic, saying: “It’s just so photogenic! Seriously, it doesn’t matter what genre of photography you’re into there’s always something to shoot. A vibrant café scene for street photography, iconic buildings with all sort of interesting shapes and lines, a lake or two and then in no time we’re surrounded by amazing bushland. Plus lets face it, our sunsets over the Brindabella ranges are to die for.” With Spring upon us, Glenn is keen to capture the changing scenery. “Spring is when colour starts coming back to the landscape after the bleak starkness of winter. It creates many opportunities to capture the story of rebirth and renewal, plus who doesn’t love blooming flowers? Also exciting is that it often heralds the start of storm season so I’m looking forward to capturing some sparkles around Canberra in the near future.” And we can’t wait to see his collection at Handmade in just over a week’s time.