I started learning photography back in 2001 after buying my first SLR camera: a little Canon EOS 300. I very quickly developed a love of landscape photography, and particularly enjoyed the rich colours and high contrast of Fuji Velvia 50 slide film. The vibrancy produced by Fuji Velvia has continued to influence me once moving to digital photography, and the style I've developed reflects this.
I've been writing for as long as I can remember and find myself drawn to poetry and philosophical musings. I endeavour to be positive in all my creations, even in the case of expressing grief and loss. I personally believe there is always something which serves us which can be taken from even the most painful experience, and we owe it to ourselves to find whatever it is. The core objective of my art is to share things I believe are beautiful or beneficial.
I live in the wonderful Hinterland of the Gold Coast, Australia, close to both the ocean and the rainforest. It's an area I love, on top of a ridge surrounded by trees with many native birds for company, such as magpies, kookaburras, currawongs, cockatoos, galahs, and the occasional king parrot, pale-headed rosella and rainbow lorikeet…hmmm…I really should take up bird photography!
My goal as an artist is to inspire, uplift and bring joy. My photography is vibrant, rich and authentic, and I intend for all my art to bring a sense of space and peace.
I'm a strong believer in making the most of the conditions presented and particularly love twilight, sunrise and sunset, not only for the possibility of beautiful light but also because regardless of whether the light is spectacular or subtle it is almost always unique. These moments remind me of life's ephemeral nature; how change transforms the mundane into the beautiful.
I want my art to honour the scene I experienced so I never add or substitute things and rarely remove anything, and then it will only be something very minor. I regularly carefully combine multiple exposures of the same scene to more accurately show details from shadows to highlights, and occasionally combine photos into a panorama.
I have no desire to suffer for my art, but rather for it to be a place where I can both find and express peace and joy. For me it is very meditative, taking me away from my mind and into my heart and the present moment.
I proudly support Opportunity International, who are a non-profit organisation using a business approach to solve the problem of poverty. Rather than a hand-out, they provide people living in poverty with access to microfinance services to help them start or grow their own small business.
As each business grows, loans are paid back and lent out again. Each successful business feeds a family, employs more people and eventually helps to empower and transform an entire community, so creating a sustainable solution to poverty.