From the earliest time I have been drawn toward all things creative but it was upon picking up a 35mm SLR camera as a twelve year old that I first saw my ability to compose an image and photography became an all consuming passion. I am completely self-taught in landscape photography however worked for several years assisting studio photographers while living in London. This gave a great grounding of knowledge in understanding the fundamentals of light and a very wide experience of photography.
It was also while living in London that I discovered the awe-inspiring ability of medium format panoramic photography and I was completely hooked. Upon returning to New Zealand I focused on the niche I am most passionate about – creating landscape art photography.
We certainly live in incredibly exciting times for photography and I am always very focused on challenging myself to take my photography to the next level. I am always inspired by the next photograph I will take.
The greatest reward I get from my photography – and I think this is true of most photographers – is creating an artwork which impacts on my clients to such an extent they want to take it into their home to complete a special living space.
To this end I do not enter competitions or actively collect awards for my work. It is a completely personal perspective however I have never been inspired by the opinions of other photographers (judges) in these competitions. Having my artwork hanging in the homes of my clients here in New Zealand and around the world is the greatest reward and motivation for me.
I am eternally inspired by nature in all of its guises. Coming from New Zealand we are somewhat exposed to the elements and all of the wildness of the natural environment so this works well for me. I am never far from a beach or a forest and can easily access mountains etc. But life in New Zealand can often seem to exist in a bubble so I am always inspired by my travels and very fortunate that through my photography I have been able to go to some amazing places.
Everything about the final art-works I create is designed to be of the highest quality available. So for this reason I have a Nikon D800 36 mega pixel camera with a range of lenses for my core digital setup. When I want to get traditional again I use a couple of specialist medium format panoramic film cameras – the first is a Fuji GX617 which produces 6cm x 17cm transparencies. I also use a Noblex 150 6cm x 12cm medium format camera which features a rotating lens. For these cameras i shoot on the worlds finest grain film which is Fuji Velvia 50 asa. All images are taken on a Gitzo tripod.