JIMAGES – NEW ZEALAND

Classic New Zealand and a chat with the photographer.

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Where do you look for inspiration?
Rather than looking, I prefer to wait and hope to be present when inspiration presents itself. Balancing teaching and photography with everyday life keeps me more than occupied on the creative front and usually it's more a case of seizing the moment than searching for anything to produce. Creativity is everywhere, and we have access to it more than we ever have; heck it can even be stifling. True creativity-the stuff of modern invention-well to me that supersedes anything I'll ever devise through my photography. So I guess, in a roundabout way, I'm inspired by forward thinking and aim to be receptive whenever it eventuates within my proximity. 

Describe one of your most challenging moments shooting.
Early in my photography career I was asked to shoot the annual Coast to Coast adventure and endurance race in New Zealand. At the time I only had one DSLR body and being a passionate surf photographer I was yet to master the art of using on-camera flash. Like anyone willing to fail in order to succeed I sold myself and my abilities and went in full guns blazing. I knew the start of the race was going to be in complete darkness and it was imperative I had something the editor could work with if they wanted too. So I watched hours of tutorials and spent a week trialling different methods to get the best results. At the end of the day I got what I needed. Persistence, passion and confidence won the day.

 

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What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done for a shot?
Nearly drowning. Well technically I didn't do it for a shot because I never took a shot, I just nearly drowned.

What keeps you motivated/ excited about life?
I strive to change things I view to be broken or outdated by encouraging honest dialogue through the medium of informed debate.

What’s the best lesson you’ve learned since you started photography?
Patience.

Describe your favourite part of the world (aside from home) and tell us why.
Every second I spent in the pacific islands taught me the importance of living in the moment and not getting caught in the trap of modern consumerism and competition. Our society habituates us to compete for everything from a very early age; the drawback is that we sacrifice empathy and compassion for others.

Living in the islands for a short period of time had a lasting impact on my general decision making process. I love avoiding stress, but like many others, I fail to recognise when I'm stressed and rely on those I love to keep me in check. The islands somehow regulate that all on their own.

Who is one of your favourite people to work with and why?
Trav Mccoy-talented and humorous. Translation: he froths like a grommet and charges hard.

What’s your favourite photo (ever / at the moment) and why?
In all honesty I can't answer this. I tend to hold ideas much longer than visual stimulus and therefore my favourite image will be something I likely have just seen moments before this interview goes to publication and will change again shortly thereafter.

How do you want to be remembered?
As someone who cared more about people than he did things.

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