Blair's work invites the viewer to be mesmerised in a world of rhythm, light and reflection.
Blair Montague-Drake, born in London, UK, in 1943, is an accomplished art photographer and author whose life and work transcend traditional boundaries. His journey into photography began at the age of 9 when his father gifted him his first camera. Blair's early career started with the photography section of the London Daily Express, a newspaper renowned for nurturing young photographic talent.
His thirst for adventure led him to manage the world's first Teen hotel, open a discotheque in Coventry, create a religious souvenir business, and embark on a motorcycle journey to Spain and Morocco with an ex-army motorbike and sidecar. Throughout these diverse projects, photography played a pivotal role in funding his adventures.
Returning to England, Blair met his Australian wife and settled in Australia. He briefly worked for the Commonwealth Film Unit and contributed part-time to the Aboriginal Publishing Foundation. In 1972, Blair founded Earth Images Pty Ltd, specializing in satellite imagery processing, remote sensing, aerial photography, and forensic processing. He later established Arundel Studio on the North Shore of Sydney, where every project was approached as an artistic challenge, not just photography by the numbers.
Blair's dedication to photography led him to serve on the committee of the Professional Photographers Association of Australia, eventually becoming its President for several years. He also contributed to trade and mainstream magazines on photography and lifestyle issues.
Blair has served briefly as a manager of tourism on the Mid North Coast where he later established a successful company specialising in herbal beverages and ancillary products.
In recent years, Blair has focused on photography projects with community benefits, culminating in the launch of a new website featuring his photographic art in late 2023. You can explore his captivating work on this website.