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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.

Shooting in square-closing the circle.

Shooting in square-closing the circle.

    In a recent article , I talked about the idea that we all have to some degree an aspect ratio which is “us”, one which we  respond to on a subconscious level, and one which we will often be using, whether we are aware of it or not. For some that might well […]

Fujifilm street photography workshop -the Christchurch Masterchef challenge

Fujifilm street photography workshop -the Christchurch Masterchef challenge

Well it’s always a pleasure and never a chore But you just don’t know whether you’re doing it for the right reasons It’s cold for the season down in the street below ~ The Divine Comedy Kia ora tatou/hi everybody: Just before Christmas (last year!), we held the second Fujifilm Street photography workshop in Christchurch. […]

In love with Square-composing the circle

In love with Square-composing the circle

  A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape. ~Mark Twain It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. – Henri Cartier-Bresson All of us, it seems to me, […]

Moment of recognition Var. 2. Confluence

Moment of recognition Var. 2. Confluence

  I choose things by how they resonate in my heart. ~Rita Coolidge  When I look at these landscapes, I see my ancestors walking back to me ~ Sir James Henare   There are 2 variants of this essay. As some of you know, I write for different audiences and different communities. Another version, written […]

 Waitangi-Sailing on the Winds of Possibility

Waitangi-Sailing on the Winds of Possibility

  Ka mate kāinga tahi ka ora kāinga rua. When one home fails, have another to go to.Have two strings to your bow. -whakatauki ( Maori proverb) I can only imagine what it must have been like for the tangata whenua, the Maori who had inhabited New Zealand for several centuries, when the first European […]

The Fuji street workshop- taking the Masterchef challenge

The Fuji street workshop- taking the Masterchef challenge

  She said “Son, what are you doing here? My fear for you has turned me in my grave” I said “Mama, I come to the valley of the rich Myself to sell” She said “Son, this is the road to Hell” -Chris Rea (The Road to Hell, 1989) Kia ora tatou/welcome: A few weeks […]

Seeing beyond the “real”-explorations in infra-red

Seeing beyond the “real”-explorations in infra-red

  It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. -Leo Buscaglia There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 166–167 Infrared photography is, […]

Being the conductor of your own orchestra- the power of plugins.

Being the conductor of your own orchestra- the power of plugins.

  “True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found” – Eckhart Tolle “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will”  – George Bernard Shaw From time to time I am asked what plugin suite to buy, to extend […]

Making a portrait- a sacred trust.

Making a portrait- a sacred trust.

  Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all […]

On clarity and megapixels

On clarity and megapixels

  Kia ora ( Hi): The following is the text of a thought piece I was intending to publish on this blog. However it was hijacked on the road by Tim  (Dick Whittington) Steele, editor of f11 magazine, for which I also write, who published it as a feature in this month’s magazine. This piece […]

Guest post: Sam Chan speaks

Guest post: Sam Chan speaks

Kia ora tatou (good morning, everyone):  As some of you know, I offer a mentoring programme to those who are ready to take that journey. It isn’t for everybody, and there is a lot of discussion before we get underway. Sam Chan and I have been walking together for two years or so, as he […]

Accidents will happen…hopefully

Accidents will happen…hopefully

Photography is a great excuse for seeing things you ordinary wouldn’t. – Christopher Beirne The painter constructs, the photographer discloses. ~Susan Sontag Kia ora tatou: A couple of weeks ago, at a workshop on visual design and composition (they are not the same thing), I decided to introduce my lecture on the panorama. As I […]

The Doc Ross Challenge Pt. III. Ars Gratia Vitae

The Doc Ross Challenge Pt. III. Ars Gratia Vitae

              There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. ~Ansel Adams I never question what to do, it tells me what to do.  The photographs make themselves with my help. ~Ruth Bernhard Perhaps it is appropriate that the first should be last. I sat there […]

Notes from the Road- a photographer’s Hong Kong

Notes from the Road- a photographer’s Hong Kong

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. ~Oscar Wilde I’m an alien I’m a legal alien I’m an Englishman in New York I’m an alien I’m a legal alien I’m an Englishman in New York -Sting Kia ora tatou: What better way is there to see a new place than through a […]

Nathan Road...in Deckard's world

Nathan Road…in Deckard’s world

Roy: I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die. -Bladerunner Kia ora tatou: Some time ago, a dear friend and I […]

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