For much of my life, photography has been an escape from the pressure and stresses that build up is every day life. As a geologist, sometimes feel I am tied to the earth, the the very rocks that compose it and the minerals hidden within, but it is only with camera in hand that I find myself truly present in the landscape. I will often stand quietly beside my camera, observing every detail of the environment around me, hearing waves roll up the beach, birds calling to each other, even the subtle sound of wind in the branches of nearby trees. Quietly I stand, observing and waiting... waiting for that moment when the light is right and the landscape reveals itself in all its beauty. That is the moment I press the shutter, capturing the landscapes mood, its subtle variations that many 'non-photographers' might not even notice. Capturing a moment frozen in time.
My photographic journey started back in the late 1980's when I was at university studying geology, I spent a lot of time out in the field, and it became second nature to have a camera handy, although in those early days, I used it primarily to document structures and patterns in the rocks I was mapping. My first camera was a Zenit, a brick solid 35mm film camera built in the Soviet Union. I used this camera throughout the late 80's and into 90's, before eventually switching to Nikon. About the same time I also bought a Hasselblad 500C medium format film cameras. I still use the Hasselblad today. While I consider myself more of a hobbyist photographer, I did spend a number of years attempting to start a full time career in photography. In the early 2000's while working full time as a geologist, I was trying to build a wedding and events photography business. This was hard work, and led to me working 15 hours a day, 7 days a week and fast loosing my passion for photography. Something had to give.
In 2004, I took a temporary break, both from my geology career and from the photography business. I volunteered as an Australian Antarctic Expeditioner and spent 6 months working in Eastern Antarctica, during which time, I regained my passion both for the outdoors and for photography. When not working, I took every opportunity to explore and photograph the Antarctic landscape . This was a turning point for me, I realised, or, to be honest, I remembered, that my photographic passion had always been intimately tied to the outdoors, and that landscape photography is, for me, a way of escaping the every day pressures of work and life. I knew in that moment that wedding photography just wasn't my thing, and despite spending years building up a business, I have never shot a wedding since.
As a Landscape Photographer, my goal is to capture images that tell a story. A moment frozen in time which invite you to experience the mood and atmosphere of the landscape in that moment.