This section provides some examples of the range of my photography
Kapiti XTerra triathlon
Some photos from the February 2023 XTerra triathlon. Its a lot easier photographing, rather than participating in this event!
- Twenty years of change
- Twenty years of change
Over the years Te Rourou (the One NZ Foundation) has partnered with hundreds of extraordinary kiwis around Aotearoa who are working hard to improve the lives of rangatahi. This project presented the stories of just 20 of them. Each is making a difference in their own way, whether providing safe spaces, fighting for equal opportunity, encouraging new skills or inspiring future leaders. I had the pleasure of photographing four of these wonderful people: David Graham, Maddy de Young, Joel Mudford and Sarah Longbottom.
I had the privilege to photograph the October 2021 Vaxathon to encourage people to get vaccinated to flatten the curve of covid-19 infections.
Chasewild wedding workshop
I had a lot of fun at an NZIPP workshop run by James Broadbent of Chasewild, one of New Zealand's leading wedding photographers (https://www.chasewild.com/). This included a shoot of a "bridal couple" (two professional models). The wind and the rain (visible in some of the photos) were a challenge but accentuated the urban environment.
Dress by Sophie Voon (https://www.sophievoon.com/)
Kapiti Coast Arts Trail 2022
Here are some of the photos exhibited at the 2022 Kapiti Coast Arts Trail.
All of the photos are about A2 in size printed on Ilford Smooth Pearl or Smooth Cotton rag paper printed on my Epson 906 printer. I cut backing boards from 12mm MDF, router the edges, seal and paint with white primer undercoat and paint the edges matt black. I attach a film of Scotch special PMA adhesive to the back of the prints, cut them precisely to size, affix them to the boards, and finish with 2 coats of Hahnemuhle protective spray. Final step is to attach a stainless hanging wire to brass triangles.
The mounting is quite stressful as it needs to be accurate to 1mm and not trap any dust. But totally worth it! No reflective glass between the photo and the viewer!
Dogs of Paekakariki
Something I've noticed when walking my dog on the beach during lockdown is that lots of others are also doing this: walking, or running, or cycling with their dog safely on the beach. So I took my camera, put on my mask, stayed at least 4m from people (I used a long lens) and very quickly took some photos. Here is a selection from the last week of level 4 lockdown 2021.
Stars and Surf
An exhibition at the Mulled Wine Concert in Paekakariki, 24 July 2021
Paekakariki is blessed with clear, clean skies and seas, providing spectacular seascapes and nightscapes.
Prints from these images can be ordered by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org
A wet day at Lake Ferry
A group of friends from the NZ Institute of Professional Photography had planned a weekend at Lake Ferry in southern Wairarapa with a focus on astrophotography. The rain and the clouds obscured the stars but provided a wonderful moody atmosphere.
The Bubbles of Paekakariki
In response to the covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand entered Level 4 lockdown on 26 March 2020. The primary objective was to isolate people in bubbles to stop the spread of the virus. During the last week of lockdown, I photographed 55 bubbles in my home town of Paekakariki - about one in twelve households. All photos were taken spontaneously from the property boundary using a telephoto lens to keep social distance.
A selection is shown below. A 60 page A4 book with high quality photos is available for $30.
Voices for the Future
During the 2016 Auckland Arts Festival, I worked with Joe Michael (installation), Rhian Sheehan (music) and others to project an iceberg onto the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The success of this installation led to the opportunity to project a living and dying iceberg on the UN buildings in New York, combined with the voices of young people around the globe (including Greta Thunberg) about their concerns about climate change. The installation occurred just in advance of the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019. Here are some photos from this installation.
Paekakariki Positive Pictures
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of New Zealand locked-down on 26 March 2020, significantly restricting our movement outside our isolation "bubbles". My commercial photographic work ground to a halt. In response to ongoing media reports about actual and projected impacts of the virus, I decided to take a positive photo from within my community each day during lockdown Level 4. Here is a selection.