I’ve been taking images for more than 35 years for pleasure and have art directed countless professional photographers.
A graphic designer by trade, I have worked in design studios for close to 30 years. In 1998 I was the principal designer on the team that produced the New Zealand $10 Millennium bank note and over the last couple of years have been invited to design silver collectors coins for NZ Post. Coin designs include the recent Webb Ellis Trophy and All Blacks coins to celebrate the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
In 2006 a life-changing brush with cancer meant I had time to reflect on what I wanted to do with my life. I have a passion for photography, so the answer was simple.
My passion lies in landscape photography and seascapes in particular. Living in New Zealand, I am lucky enough to be surrounded by a diverse array of landscapes. Most of my images are taken around the coast with special projects around Kaikoura and now Mount Maunganui.
I specialise in slow shutter speed, low light water-in-motion images – I love creating images that make you want to be there. I’m fascinated by the patterns made by streaming water over sand and rocks. These are images that simply cannot be seen unless you are studying the water motion.
My favourites are vertical seascapes - the deliberate exploitation of a wide-angle lens in a portrait format creating an image virtually from your feet to the horizon.
I never take an image from its most obvious viewpoint – I’m always looking for a different angle: climbing over rocks or wading into the sea to get closer to the action. Consequently getting wet has become the norm - if you’re not wet, you’re not close enough!
I want the viewers to feel as though they’re going to get their feet wet simply by looking at my photographs.
I use my own version of High Dynamic Range which I call “Painting with Light” to be able to record all the colour values that you see. This involves considerable work in the digital environment.
“Photography is a wonderful thing, capture an image and you preserve the moment forever. Miss it, and it’s lost forever.”