Hamish Stewart has been photographing since the early 1980s. During postgraduate studies in the mid 1980s he first began to explore historical photographic processes, ultimately choosing to work with the gum bichromate process. Since the mid 1990s he has worked exclusively with gum printing and has exhibited work in Sydney, Paris and London.
"Photographic print-making has always been a significant element of my practice. Working with early print-making techniques offers a level of control and involvement in the process that no commercial method can provide... The Gum process allows me to extend my print-making language beyond the purely photographic image. With full control of colour, texture and tonality a vast range of print-making approaches are possible."
His work explores the passage of time and the intervention of the human hand upon the environment - seeking to evoke the elemental forces of time and human habitation that have shaped and transformed the landscape.