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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.

The print is the performance-an opinion piece

The print is the performance-an opinion piece

The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. ~Ansel Adams “For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.” – […]

Filing infinity

Filing infinity

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~Aldous Huxley Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. ~Jean Arp There is a lot […]

Feedback: The Fujifilm Dunedin workshops July 2013

Feedback: The Fujifilm Dunedin workshops July 2013

  “The photograph isn’t what was photographed. It’s something else. It’s a new fact.” –Garry Winogrand “It’s about time we started to take photography seriously and treat it as a hobby.”–Eliott Erwitt: Dunedin in July is legendary for how bad the weather can be. However, the weather on the day of the workshop was positively […]

Over the back-conversations with a metaphor

Over the back-conversations with a metaphor

  We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature. ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden: […]

Back to the future; visualising the old-fashioned way

Back to the future; visualising the old-fashioned way

Kia ora tatou:  Not all of you read f11 magazine. This article first appeared in it in Issue 22. Here it is, with a few edits, for those of you who did not catch it. First of all, a question for you, and be warned, all my questions are trick questions. What is the difference […]

Feedback: The Fujifilm Street workshops, Hamilton, May 2013

Feedback: The Fujifilm Street workshops, Hamilton, May 2013

  Kia ora tatou: Hamilton, on the day of the workshop, was not looking very promising. The CBD seemed a little haunted and uninhabited, partly a result, I am told, of the fact that rents in the area are very high, and a consequence of the fact that people have moved out to the mall […]

Reflections on glass- a thought piece

Reflections on glass- a thought piece

 “Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you’re just a reflection of him?” ― Bill Watterson “Habit rules the unreflecting herd.” ― William Wordsworth Photography can be a simple process of identification, its original raison d’etre. On the other hand, it can be more, so much more than that. […]

Searching for autumn

Searching for autumn

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus “This autumn- why am I growing old? bird disappearing among clouds.” ― Matsuo Bashō I went in search of autumn. All the while, as I had journeyed, wrapped in the opaque cloak of my own busyness, autumn had been creeping up […]

The Auckland Fujifilm street photography workshop challenge

The Auckland Fujifilm street photography workshop challenge

  “I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.” – Trent Parke “Success is what happens when 10,000 hours of preparation meet with one moment of opportunity.” – Anonymous It does not matter what the light is like, when you are out on the street photographing, for there is something always […]

On tribalism and photography- a thought piece

On tribalism and photography- a thought piece

  Your own photography is never enough. Every photographer who has lasted has depended on other people’s pictures too – photographs that may be public or private, serious or funny but that carry with them a reminder of community. – Robert Adams I try to resolve a picture in PhotoShop in less than 8 minutes. […]

Silent upon a peak in Darien- On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

Silent upon a peak in Darien- On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

  “All perceiving is also thinking, all reasoning is also intuition, all observation is also invention.” – Rudolf Arnheim “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust I was on my way home, in somewhat of a contemplative space, when the landscape began to reassert […]

Exemplary Mention-Ashleigh Fletcher

Exemplary Mention-Ashleigh Fletcher

“It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.” – C. W. Leadbeater “No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, […]

Exemplary mention- Marian Sutherland

Exemplary mention- Marian Sutherland

Kia ora tatou: Every so often somebody sends me an image which is so good that I mentally give it a DIWIST (damn I wish I shot that) award, one which somehow sums it all up, which somehow shows a photographer completely it in tune with his/her subject material, and which I feel really needs […]

Photoshopping-Crime or Gift?  A thought piece.

Photoshopping-Crime or Gift? A thought piece.

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ― Albert Einstein “Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.” ― John Lennon Kia ora tatou: In a recent review of Oloneo PhotoEngine, one of the readers made the following acerbic comment: That’s great if you want your pictures looking like a cartoon. He was […]

The Wellington Fujifilm Street photography workshop-the Masterchef challenge

The Wellington Fujifilm Street photography workshop-the Masterchef challenge

    “Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.” – Leonard Freed “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?” ― T.S. Eliot I really love teaching street and documentary photography, because it is something […]

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