If I had known what it would take to become established as a professional landscape photographer I might have thought more carefully about making the uncoordinated jump from the corporate world. Or maybe it was the challenge of such a radical career change that dulled my rationality. Being the optimist, I figured that if I crashed and burned in a spectacular display of dismal failure my business shirts and ties were still hanging up in the wardrobe. That was twelve years ago.
Born in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, I was taught from an early age to appreciate the spectacular natural beauty that New Zealand is now so widely acclaimed for. I started photographing using medium-format panoramic equipment; a fully manual set-up which required complete accuracy throughout the whole process. Even though I now primarily shoot digital, I still use traditional field technique and my images are made from one-frame captures. I have found that photographing with an analog approach ensures that discipline and craft in the field is not compromised, as frustrating as this can be sometimes.
In 2005 I established a photo workshop company, Capture New Zealand Photo Expeditions, which gives photographers from around the world the opportunity to use the knowledge of locations and seasonal nuances I have gained over the years to make their time in New Zealand productive. In addition to these photo workshops I also co-lead trips with international photographers bringing groups to New Zealand. It is possible that word about the workshops has spread primarily because I know where the best coffee, and hot chocolate, is to be had no matter where we are.
The almost unbelievable diversity of landscapes which God has packed into this compact country constantly amazes me and I can’t imagine a better place than New Zealand for landscape photography. As I grew up close to the sea, the coastline remains a favorite location which continues to intrigue and inspire me. The quality of light, along with the sublime blend of earth, sea and sky keeps drawing me back in search of the perfect image.
There are many locations which I have visited and re-visited where the photo I want to make still eludes me. And that is what fuels the passion.