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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.

Diversion from the Path- a letter to Olivia

Diversion from the Path- a letter to Olivia

  Kaitiaki, Rawene Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16-55/2.8 WR ISO 1000, 1/250s @f8     The mind gets distracted in all sorts of ways. The heart is its own exclusive concern and diversion. ~Malcolm de Chazal   Tēna koe Olivia: It was lovely to talk with you on Messenger yesterday, and to share your photographic journey, […]

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John Part III

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John Part III

    Brunelleschi, looking through a hole at a street in Florence, makes a depiction of it from a fixed viewpoint…. The photographic process is simply the invention in the 19th century of a chemical substance that could ‘freeze’ the image projected from the hole in the wall, as it were, onto a surface. It […]

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John. Part II

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John. Part II

   Kaitiaki Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR ISO 200, 1/350s@ f11   “Life remains unchanged till a leap of faith runs towards heaven” ― Santosh Kalwar, Three Line Poetry #21 “The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner […]

Whakairo Ma(a)rama-moving towards personal style… part I (A letter to John)

Whakairo Ma(a)rama-moving towards personal style… part I (A letter to John)

  Patupaiarehe II, Ahipara Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art ISO 64, 1/24s@f11      The ‘how’ has a great effect on what we see. To say that ‘what we see’ is more important than ‘how we see it’ is to think that ‘how’ has been settled and fixed. When you realize this is not the […]

Blood in the Water-an Adobe rant

Blood in the Water-an Adobe rant

Delirium I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 ART ISO64, 1/160s@f8   There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling… And the bloated corpse of the whale, Adobe, is doing little to help itself… And I am thrilled. Let me explain. I use Adobe products because I must. My workflow is a rather complicated […]

Reveille-returning from the outer darkness

Reveille-returning from the outer darkness

Multiple suns, Paponga Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC Di ISO 64, 1/400s @ f8     “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”  ― Mary Oliver   Kia ora e te whānau: Those of you close to me know that […]

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 […]

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