So Who is Wayne J. Cosshall?
I am the Editor of Digital Photography & Design magazine,
an Australian magazine covering digital photography, digital video, web design and digital art. I am also Technical Editor of Capture - Commercial Photography magazine, a bi-monthly serving the needs of professional photographers. I am the Founder and Director of Digital ImageMakers International, and Publisher and Editor of their magazine. DIMI is an international organisation serving the needs of both professional and amateur digital image makers, irrespective of what medium they work in. Thus, this one organisation aims to exploit the convergence between digital photography, graphic design, web design, 3D graphics and animation and digital video. I am also a freelance writer for several other publications, including The Age newspaper and Desktop, a graphic design magazine. Lastly, I am the Director for 2003 of the International Digital Art Awards.
I made the switch to full-time writing some six years ago, following the death of my second wife after a long battle with cancer. As one does in such situations, I examined everything I was currently doing and decided to make more room for writing and my art. Prior to this I was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Swinburne University and Head of the Computer Graphics Research Group. I was an academic for 17 years there, specializing in parallel computer graphics rendering, computer architectures for graphics and mathematical and algorithmic art. I created my first computer graphics image in 1979, built my first computer in 1980 and constructed my first digital camera in 1986. Parallel to all this I was actively working on my photographic and art skills.
I cut my teeth on photography as a child doing astrophotography, hooking my cameras up to the telescopes I had and built. This grew into a general interest in photography and art. I also started painting around the same time. It was during my time with my late wife that the passion for art photography and digital art really developed and I owe her a huge debt for guiding my development.
I am now happily re-married and have a delightful daughter. I have exhibited my photography and digital art (predominantly mathematical and fractal imagery, up until quite recently) in group and solo shows within Australia, including invitational survey shows. My digital artwork is currently going through a period of major change and development. I also run a small graphic design and professional photography studio, with my wife and we also sell fine art materials to the local professional artists. My wife is a pastel, acrylic and oil painter (as was my late wife), and I paint in watercolours, mainly on Yupo plastic papers, as a relief from the computer work.
My digital art work draws inspiration from my many interests. For my whole life I have had deep interests in, and made active studies of, philosophy, the esoteric, ancient history, esp. Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Celtic, comparative religions, mathematics, astronomy, quantum physics, paleontology, the origins of man, psychology, art and modern history, esp. European and Asian.