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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.

Channelling Braques

Channelling Braques

 Fujifilm X-T1, XF 23/f1.4. ISO 3200, 1/25s@f11 No matter what the illusion created, it is a flat canvas and it has to be organized into shapes… – David Hockney “Watch out he’s winding the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike.”  ― William Shakespeare, The Tempest It was Wellington at its most awe-some and I […]

On sexism in camera shopping

On sexism in camera shopping

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.  ― Gloria Steinem It could be that start of a very bad joke, but it isn’t. A middle-aged woman goes into a New Zealand urban camera store, looking for a new lens for her DSLR. She is keen to purchase and she has […]

On honesty in photography- an opinion piece

On honesty in photography- an opinion piece

Salt mountain, Lake Grasmere Fujifilm X-E2, 23/1.4. ISO 200. 1/300s @ f11     “You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables A number of streams in the river have converged for me, come together in a pool, where they will assemble and mingle for a time before […]

Natex 2014-some thoughts.

Natex 2014-some thoughts.

 Photograph by Brian Harmer   Canon EOS 7D, 24-105/f4L @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/160s @f8   “You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.” ― Stephen King, Night Shift “There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally […]

Eating my hat- Sigma lenses

Eating my hat- Sigma lenses

 Storm, Lake Tekapo. Nikon D800, Sigma 35/1.4 DG HSM A.  ISO 100. 1/400s @f9   Kia ora tatou: I have despised Sigma lenses for years. But no more. A long time ago I owned a series of Sigma lenses for my Canons and Nikons. And they barked like a shantytown dog. There was the 14mm […]

RAW vs. DNG-some (opinionated) thoughts

RAW vs. DNG-some (opinionated) thoughts

Street art and door, Nelson. Fujifilm X-E2, XF-18-55. ISO 3200, 1/30s @f10 I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography – therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it.  – Ansel Adams Kia ora tatou: I have not really thought about this one for some years, but […]

Of chapters without headings and Indra’s Net

Of chapters without headings and Indra’s Net

Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4. ISO 200, 1/220s @ f2.8 There is a simple and profound joy to be had from photographing simple but profound things. I have often wondered why people photograph the world writ small and what they see. Until now it hasn’t been a great motivation for me, because, for the last 30 years, […]

What is art?

What is art?

A colour-managed work flow and other terrors. With a nod to Robert Henri… Kia ora tatou: From time to time somebody will show me a piece of writing which I want to share. David is a dear friend, a wonderful photographer and a foundation member of Alf’s Imperial Army, who is also a deep thinker. […]

Dear Mr. God

Dear Mr. God

Unser Glaube. Composite image from 6 files; Sony Nex-5, Nex 7, Alpha 900. 2010-11   Dear Mr God: It has been a huge year, a busy year, a wild roller-coaster of a year I have clung to as best I could, but I just wanted to pause, to take a little time to write to […]

Curved lines-Finding your way home

Curved lines-Finding your way home

The components of an image, the lines, shapes and textures contained within it, all come with their own vocabulary and baggage, and speak to us on levels of which we may not be aware. The horizontal line, the simplest and most common of all can serve as a metaphor for our lives, reflecting a state […]

Hamba kakuhle [go well] Madiba.

Hamba kakuhle [go well] Madiba.

“A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind.” —Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of NelsonMandela

Fujifilm street photography workshop -the Christchurch Masterchef challenge 2013

Fujifilm street photography workshop -the Christchurch Masterchef challenge 2013

After the Feb 2011 earthquake, the Christchurch CBD has become something of a wasteland, a collection of lonely buildings adrift on a sea of blank spaces and newly-minted car parks. What people are there seem somehow like afterthoughts, small moments of movement in a lot of silence and stillness. It was always going to be […]

Land and landscape-finding your own tricks of the heart

Land and landscape-finding your own tricks of the heart

What we call landscape is a stretch of earth overlaid with memory, expectation, and thought. Land is everything that is actually there, independent of us; landscape is what we allow in through the doors of perception.  ~Scott R Sanders Things are not what they appear to be: nor are they otherwise. ~Surangama Sutra I have […]

A dance of grasses

A dance of grasses

“Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.” ― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes Every so often I make an image which is a revelation to me and I want to share the process. It is a […]

Aitutaki-Land of Impossible Blues

Aitutaki-Land of Impossible Blues

“Roll on, thou deep and dark blue Ocean – roll! Ten thousand fleets sweep over thee in vain; Man marks the earth with ruin – his control Stops with the shore.” ~Lord Byron A circle is the reflection of eternity. It has no beginning and it has no end – and if you put several […]

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