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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.

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 […]

Soho Moment-a critique

Soho Moment-a critique

I see echoes 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   I had a wonderful conversation a few days ago with Ian Poole, a colleague and fine photographer from […]

Shout out September 2014

Shout out September 2014

War Memorial, Dunback, Central Otago Fujifilm X100S. ISO 400, 1/420s @ f11 “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 […]

The Coalpit Dam-a placeholder

The Coalpit Dam-a placeholder

Trinity in ice, Coalpit Dam, Naseby , Central Otago Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200 LM OIS. ISO 200, 1/10s @ f11 The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller   With time on my hands, sticky, clinging and refusing to […]

A trick of the wind

A trick of the wind

 Cloud over the Hawkduns, from Little Mt. Ida Fujifilm X-T1, XF 10-24/f4. ISO 200, 1/30s @ f8   “Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all […]

Of moods and metaphors

Of moods and metaphors

Leaves and Grass, Coalpit Dam, Naseby, New Zealand Fujifilm X-T1, XF 56/1.2.  ISO 2500, 1/60s @f11 “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”  ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road   The wind had been whispering around my cabin on the plains all night, peering in the windows, picking up a corner of the […]

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