Where Can We Find You?
What are you currently working on?
Ongoing stock photography for Gallo Images, a Getty Images partner so images appear on both websites.
Documenting the richness of local culture in Cusco, Peru, as through local connections, I am able to gain more & more access to cultural events.
I am currently seeking funding for an exciting year-long documentary photography project investigating the relationship of people to a specific Peruvian Amazon river & how that relationship changes along its course as it winds upriver starting at a city and eventually into a national reserve. Here is a story beckoning to be told & one which I endeavour to weave through imagery. The idea is to capture, through photography, the less obvious emotions that make these relationships to the river real & to produce a body of work that will evoke a response by the people portrayed therein. I would like to make a contribution to the area & its people while in some small way contribute to the photographic community as well.
What drives you to create?
The power of imagery to help us understand how we relate to the world around us & to instil a sense of wonder through the recognition of unseen emotions, forces and universal truths.
Photography as a means to break the barriers between the mechanical, physical & spiritual. The capacity of a photograph to engage people & engender action on many levels. The hope that photography can highlight the need for the conservation of biological & cultural diversity.
On a selfish level I am driven to create as a discovery & expression of self, a means of meditation perhaps, a way to relate to strangers & an excuse to explore & travel. I am a born explorer & collector so photography allows me to preserve & collect precious fleeting moments, freeze time in metaphors & contrasts, & reflect on life. Photography is ultimately a way of sharing moments, beauty & emotions with the world. It is, to me, an essential tool of the modern day discoverer with new discoveries waiting around every corner – or wherever you care to look, create, imagine & inspire.
For the record.
Experiment, break the rules & seek you own photographic niche. Put your images out there & be open to criticism. As Ansel Adams said…
There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
Explore – it doesn’t need to be a trip to an exotic destination, it could be just around the corner or in your own backyard that you find inspiration. Inspiration is everywhere beckoning to be discovered & interpreted. Don’t be intimidated by all the excellent imagery out there, try to find your own voice, a specialisation, something that speaks to your soul & good photography will follow. Many people have said it & I’m not sure who said it first, but photography is all about emotion – putting it into the creative process, portraying it & making the viewer feel.
What’s in your bag?
- LowePro Off Trail 2 waistpack (unfortunately discontinued) – everything fits on my waist for mobility & low-profile.
- 15mm lens fits into its own pouch & macro lens & flash brackets can be attached in another pouch.
- Canon EOS 50D (I hire a Canon 6D & 100-400mm lens for low light rainforest use)
- Sigma 17-70/2.8-4.5
- Tamron 70-300 VC
- Sigma 15mm fisheye
- Canon 100mm macro (used occasionally & not in the gear photo)
- Canon 550EX flash
- Small second flash with slave for macro photography (not in the gear photo)
- Cokin P polarizer with hood
- Manual wireless flash trigger set
- Bounce flash reflector
- Fast CF cards
- Spare camera batteries & charger (usually carry 2 spare charged batteries)
- Spare set of batteries for flash
- Microfiber cloth
- Plastic bag & elastics for rain/spray cover
- Cotton cloths for extra cushioning & wiping camera
- Model release forms