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The interplay of light, whether crisp or soft, with the form of the land makes for a purity of photography that none other can offer.
Landscape photography may not always be popular outside the ‘look where I went’ realms of social media, but it remains one of photography’s greatest challenges - to use light, mood and perspective to photograph a scene that anyone could see - and make it memorable.
Light & Mood
In some photographs the presence, or absence, of light can transcend the subject matter itself. The light becomes a major compositionel element in its own right.
These photographs are driven by light and mood ahead of subject.
Such use of light also makes for effective portraiture.
Expressions is the home place for all those photographs that please the soul, breaking the so called rules of photography along the way.
This is the home for my abstract, pattern, minimalist and movement photographs.
When all else fails and the creativity is not flowing, these are my fall back photographic styles that help me return to form.
The patterns of the land, perspective without horizons, photographed from above.
Aerial photography provides for the pursuit of abstraction and/or reality far removed from eye level.
I have taken to calling these ‘downscapes’.
This gallery is a drone-free zone.
On the Streets
Human behaviour and interactions, slices of life to document our times and our humanity.
Currently popular through social media, street photography straddles the fine line that divides public behavour and privacy.
Documentary at its purest, voyeuristic at its worst.
Primal landscapes, tempestuous climate and geologically active. Seemingly remote, until you wrestle with the crowded airport terminals or attempt to photograph a popular waterfall.
Rarely does a much-hyped location promise so much and over deliver.
Rolling hills, tick.
Ancient villages, tick.
Wonderful light, tick.
Wonderful food and wine, tick.
Florence, Chianti, Siena, Val d’Orcia
A modern conundrum.
Venice is incomparable, charming, unique. It seems unreal, a dream from times past.
It weaves its magic over any tourist prepared to get away from the postcard spots favoured by the thousands of day-trippers.
From San Marco and the Grand Canal to the islands of Burano and Murano, it survives in spite of the pressures of modern tourism.
But, to experience Venice and its islands one must first be a tourist - the conundrum perpetuates.
The eternal city - it defines both history and the chaos of modernity.
Larger than life, crowded beyond belief, where church meets state with constant reminders of the consequences of all these things.
Our ancient land, our sunburnt country.
A nation of physical extremes with its own rich palette - from coast to red centre, desert to rainforest, city to country.
Above all, it posesses a strong, clear light that must be both understood and tamed.
Aoteroa, Middle Earth, The Land of the Long White Cloud?
Just mention of the name New Zealand is enough to call to mind amazing landscapes coupled with the mystery of a fascinating history and mythology.
In spite of the differences in geology New Zealand is familiar to Australians and very easy to visit - our settlement, sporting and development histories are not that far removed from each other.
From the majesty of the Grand Canyon to the delicate eroded artisty of Arizona’s slot canyons, America’s south west is big and bold.
Its primal landforms inspire awe and admiration whilst seeming familiar. Expectation as a photographer is tempered by the ubiquity of American imagery through mainstream media.
It is a fascinating part of the world to visit, although not as different from much of arid Australia in terms of light, geology and the challenges of sustainability for human activity as many Americans would believe.
The Natural World
I am not a nature photographer, avoiding all the rules and baggage that goes with nature exhibition photography.
I am a photographer that likes taking photographs of the natural world as and when the opportunity arises. I do this to please myself.
As such the photographs in this gallery are not constrained by ultimately futile arguments of capture in the wild versus captivity.
What does one do with an old DSLR when you like black and white photography and have always wanted to capture the beauty of infrared?
Simple - get the old DSLR converted to your choice of infrared wavelength and go for it.
Its fun and going beyond the visible spectrum can be quite beautiful.
We see the land in panoramic format. Our visual media (and computer monitors) have moved from the old TV 4:3 format to 16:9.
Panoramas may seem natural to the eye, but they are a compositional challenge for the photographer, even if reliant on post processing options.