I was born and raised in the south west of England, at the age of 18 I had a calling to live by the sea, so moved to Falmouth in Cornwall where I did my degree in Photography at the Falmouth College of Arts. After graduating I was approached by Gallery2C, a contemporary fine art photographers gallery in the UK, who represent me and sell my work in the UK.
In 2004, after graduating, a fellow photographer and I embarked on a number of missions to Ecuador to work with street children. Working alongside an established NGO, we set up a photography workshop programme for street-involved children. This offered the children the opportunity to build their self-confidence and worth through creative photographic workshops. Although I am no longer involved on a practical level, the workshops still run to date and have proved extremely successful in empowering disadvantaged children.
In 2009 I decided to come to New Zealand to travel and photograph it’s beautiful landscapes. After only a few weeks here I fell in love with the Kiwi way of life and the incredible landscapes that continued to present themselves to me. I found a seasonal job in the Bay of Islands as a wildlife and landscape photographer for a tourism venture, giving me the opportunity to stay in New Zealand for longer. After working there for two summer seasons, I was approached by a scenic flight operator in the Bay of Islands to set up an aerial photography venture.
Over the years, I have worked on a diverse range of photographic projects with various clients. These include landscape, aerial, real estate, architecture, interiors, nature and marine wildlife. At present I am working on the production of a coffee table book of landscape photographs of the South Island of New Zealand, for which I am hoping to get published.
My photographs have always been inspired by the landscape and nature that surrounds me. I consider photography to be an important medium for communicating my ideas and concepts to others, a way of expressing and sharing my passion for the natural world.
I see the world around me as a limitless canvas. My photographs are a considered fusion of the contemporary and the classical, influenced by the likes of Art Wolfe, Ansel Adams and Claude Monet. Using colour, light, shape and form, my images are created with an inherent aesthetic of simplicity to portray the splendor of the natural world.
I use my camera as a vehicle to convey my fascination with our ever-changing natural surroundings. I am interested in the transitory qualities of nature and how they can be likened to those of a thought process, continually in motion. Inspired by the concept of capturing both my thoughts and the dynamics of nature in the static form of a landscape photograph, I am in essence stripping these elements of their individual fluidity, representing them together within the constraints of a frame.
Taking a very literal approach to the creation of my images, I avoid any major retouching or modification. By restricting my technique in this way, I can encapsulate my memories and experiences within a photograph, while still allowing the natural beauty of the landscape to speak for itself, taking precedence over all personal aspects of the image.