Steven Ooi

Steven Ooi
Steven Ooi

Steven will be presenting perhaps the most amazing collection of trout action photos ever seen in Australia.
There will be photos for sale and these will be limited to a very small number. The gloss and lustre of these prints has to be seen to be appreciated. Stevens explains his passion below.
‘It all started as a child when I use to sit with a piece of string dangling from the end of a stick into a stormwater drain. Such was my obsession for fishing that even though my string had no hook tied to the end of it I would sit there holding that makeshift rod until I would fall off to sleep. This set the path for my obsession with fishing throughout my life. Some 40 years later and that passion is still as strong as ever, although these days I’m usually holding a flyrod or camera instead of that stick.
Through the years I found myself more and more drawn to the visual aspects of fishing, there is something about being able to visually spot a fish, sight cast to it and then watch it as it slowly rises under your fly. That anticipation as you watch the events unroll is pure addictive, such is the buzz of visual presentations it just leaves you wanting more.
Luckily with Tasmania being my home, I’m surrounded by an abundance of visual opportunities when it comes to chasing trout. Those early morning tailers in the shallow margins, the hopper feeders of the meadow creeks, those clear waters cruisers of the western lakes, the leaping spinner feeders in the river or those caenid sippers are just part of that visual smorgasbord on offer for the fly fisher.
Captivated by the behaviour of trout and mesmerised by many of the beautiful moments on the water, I found myself wanting to be able to capture a piece of that magic. Quite often things happen so fast on the water that it’s a blur, photography though gave me the ability to capture a tangible visual snapshot of that amazing moment. Thus my passion for photography grew, step by step and inspired by the great photography presented in magazines such as flylife I worked on crafting my photography skill base.
My goal has always been to take photos that inspired me, that take me back to that moment on the water, it’s a privilege to inspire others along the way. These days I will be waiting out there for that elusive fish, perhaps to the point where I nod off to sleep again, but there is no place I would rather be.
The exhibition photos you will see are printed using a unique Metal Print process: Metal Prints represent a new art medium for preserving photos by infusing dyes directly into specially coated aluminum sheets. Because the image is infused into the surface and not on it, images will take on an almost magical luminescence. The ultra-hard scratch-resistant surface is waterproof/weatherproof and can be cleaned easily.’

Steven Ooi
Steven Ooi