I started photography in high school, shooting black and white film and processing everything ourselves, the chemical smells and perfect solitude with my creativity, this is where the passion for photography began. I moved on from high school and while travelling with my humble finepix point and shoot camera I felt the same pull. I had an aptitude for being artistic and creative with my graphic design, so I soon became re-addicted to searching for the perfect composition while amongst some amazing parts of the world. I found myself drawn to the natural scenes, avoiding man made elements where I could, this is where my appreciation for nature and artistic flair combined.
I guess being in New Zealand, its hard to get away from beautiful landscapes, and why would you want to? Being amongst the mountains is where I feel most at home, and where I enjoy shooting the most, where better to do this than the beautiful Southern Alps. The rugged expansiveness and magnificent natural structures; being able to watch that beautiful drawn out moment where the last light hangs onto the very tip of the highest peak or being surrounded by vivid New Zealand bush.
I love being immersed in the wilderness, being able to look all around and having one big composition that is New Zealand. This is where my inspiration for panoramas emerged. I especially enjoy experimenting with spherical panoramas, incorporating the whole experience of being in a remote and “untouched” place rather than having to chose a specific composition. I think the humble beginnings of a 5 megapixel is what pushed me down the route of panoramic photography, merging multiple shots to try and gain a little quality back.
My first digital SLR was a key to many more photographic opportunities, the door I was most eager to open was long exposure photography, playing with the idea of time. The way a camera can turn a rushing river into a slick slide or a busy city street into an abstract work of art is an awesome thing to play with and I am constantly looking for new things to do with this tool. This is the beauty of photography, I hope you find my photography beautiful back!