I was born in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, the same area where my family first set up camp back in 1842. From an early age I developed a love of the great outdoors, and it was a natural progression to start photographing the landscapes I was so captivated by. Coming from a line of landscape oil painters I may have inadvertently inherited an artistic gene as I am more drawn to the complexities of tones, subtleties of light and shadow and the contrast of elements than a formulaic approach which relies heavily on searing colour to gain attention.
I started photographing using analog medium-format panoramic cameras, among which was a Fuji G617. After many years of shooting 35mm format digital I have now come full circle and am primarily using the Fuji GFX 50S system. My work is held in private collections worldwide, is licensed for all manner of local and international use and even features in my mother’s bathroom.
Just over twelve years ago I established a photo workshop company, Capture New Zealand Photo Expeditions, which gives photographers the opportunity to benefit from the knowledge of locations and seasonal nuances I have gained over the years to make their time in the field productive. I also partner with international photographers bringing groups to New Zealand, and have been referred to as the most highly regarded landscape photography instructor in New Zealand. I believe this is 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.