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Tena koe.
Welcome to the journal section of the website.
Here you will find news about what is happening in my photographic world,
From time to time I post essays and thoughts on photography, along with trends in the industry and the medium, as I see them.
I also share my image-making process here, from conception to completion.
These are my own thoughts, and your opinions are welcome.
Very welcome.

A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends

A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends

  Te Rerenga Wairua Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Shoot data immaterial   Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not […]

Passing a series of Dark Gates-A letter to Josh

Passing a series of Dark Gates-A letter to Josh

The Dragons of Belkw’inith (near Ratana Paa) Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III, 16-35/2.8     Tena koe: The following is a letter I wrote to a young photographer, beginning his journey. He had been seeking my advice for some time. However, this letter is also addressed to all the photographers who realise that our medium […]

Going hybrid

Going hybrid

Hine Moana I X-Pro 2, XF 10-24/4 OIS @ 10mm ISO 200, 1/500s @ f6.4     I am not sure whether this post belongs with the one on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 or the recent ones on phone photography. Maybe it belongs with both.   Plottings More and more I have been using my […]

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part II

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part II

Creek, North Hokianga Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed, Lightroom F=4.3mm, ISO 40, 1/350s @f1.9     “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard   I have always thought of myself as a bit of an early adopter, but the more I think about it, the more I […]

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part I

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part I

Hayes Engineering works, Oturehua, Central Otago Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed F=4.3mm, ISO 1000, 1/11s @ f1.9   “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor  This article is part one of a 2-part article on the rise of the phone as camera. […]

Te Wairua Waima- the making of a work

Te Wairua Waima- the making of a work

Te Wairua Waima Nikon D810,Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC USD ISO 64, 1/640s @ f8 “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything […]

Learning from the masters

Learning from the masters

Last light, Grace Cottage, Rawene Fujifilm  X100T ISO 640, 1/60s @f8     “Your own photography is never enough. Every photographer who has lasted has depended on other peoples pictures too – photographs that may be public or private, serious or funny but that carry with them a reminder of community.” – Robert Adams   […]

Toroa Diaries- Oct. 2015

Toroa Diaries- Oct. 2015

Wharf, Te Karaka, Hokianga Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART @ 52mm ISO 64, 1/250s @ f8   Kia ora whanau: It has been an extraordinary couple of months. After journeying for a long time, the road brought me to the Hokianga, and an encounter with my tupuna. I finished most of my mahi for Ngai […]

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Piki Te Maramatanga I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/100s @ f11   You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run. ~The Gambler, Kenny Rogers “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of […]

Toroa diaries V1.06

Toroa diaries V1.06

Arai te Uru, at sunset Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105 /f4 Art ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8 Kia ora tatou katoa: In a previous post back in March ( I think), I pointed out that I had sold up all my stuff and was heading to the Hokianga on a hikoi wairua/ hikoi whakapapa journey to […]

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm, Hawkdun Water Race Nikon D810, Tamron AF SP 15-30mm f2.8 VC USD ISO 400, 1/30s @ f11 A storm was coming. I could feel it in the wind, in its sense of irritation. It flicked and twisted and snapped maliciously. It was over playing nice, of smearing balm and mildness across the landscape. […]

On conversation and acknowledgement

On conversation and acknowledgement

Two men, Wellington Waterfont Market Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55/2.8 ISO 400, 1/1600s @ f8   “Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” – Gary Winogrand “Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein   There are pictures […]

Going up North

Going up North

Approaching Rawene Sony A900, CZ 16-35/2.8 ISO 200, 1/200s @ f11     The Mission of Photography is to explain Man to Man, and each man to himself. ~ Edward Steichen   Kia ora koutou: It is time. It is time. Yesterday I booked and paid for a ferry ticket to the North Island. A […]

On surviving judges-a rant.

On surviving judges-a rant.

Concrete building, Birdlings Flat (A homage) Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55 /2.8 LM R WR ISO200, 1/150s @ f11     Sometimes those photographic judges we meet, you know, the nasty spiteful, ego-obsessed ones, for whom it is all about them, can do us a favour. Not long ago, I had a teary, highly-upset person on […]

Jane Davis-Making a likeness

Jane Davis-Making a likeness

 Fujifilm X-T1, 56/1.2 ISO 1250, 1/60s @f5.6 “There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.” ― Charles Dickens “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed […]

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