Category : Journal

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.

Innerlight workshop 2010

Kia ora tatou: For the last two years Jenny Couldrey and I have organised the Innerlight workshop at Lake Waikaremoana, deep in the Te Urewera National Park in the Central North Island of New Zealand. The workshop is aimed at helping the participants to move their photography forward into a new space by focusing (pun […]

Songs from a village-morning

“It is occasionally possible, just for brief moments, to find the words that will unlock the doors of all those many mansions in the head and express something – perhaps not much, just something – of the crush of information that presses in on us from the way a crow flies over and the way […]

Photography as Art; from the documented to the fabricated narrative. May, 2011, Rotorua.

Photography and Fine Art can be seen as opposite ends of a continuum, with the former having its roots and tradition firmly grounded in representation, where the viewer is asked to step into the shoes of the photographer and share that moment. Portrait, landscape or documentary photograph, all share this modus operandi. At the other end is expression, where the artist works to express his/her own voice, and the camera moves from being an object in its own right, a vital and important participant and contributor, to a capture device, used to gather material for later manipulation, for the artist to use in expressing him/herself.

Inner Light Exhibition Workshop/Pictures That Matter. August 15-20, 2011, Lake Waikaremoana

One of the best and most satisfying ways of moving your work forward is to put a frame around it. This workshop will suit people who are already competent photographers and/photographic artists, and who are looking to develop a personal voice, to produce a body of work that expresses the unique individual that they are.

We will journey together into the heart of the Ureweras to the beautiful and mysterious Lake Waikaremoana for six days, where each participant will develop a body of work, charting his or her response to the place, which will then be then later exhibited in a group show at Te Whare Toi (RAVE) in Rotorua.

Tuscany-Finding the reality behind the cliché

Uh oh I’m in trouble Someone’s come along and burst my bubble.. -Shampoo (lyrics) No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public -H L Mencken – The problem (and the challenge) with being in photography is speaking with your own voice. There was a time when technical expertise was what separated […]

Praying for the end of time; of Changi and transit…

…So now I’m praying for the end of time To hurry up and arrive ‘Cause if I gotta spend another minute (with you) I don’t think that I can really survive… -Meatloaf (Paradise by the Dashboard Light) I really feel for Tom Hanks in The Terminal. I  really do. If there is a hell, for […]

Riding the Jesus train in Smitville

Of all the traits which I think are vital to being a documentary photographer, I think an unhealthy curiosity or, simply put, sheer nosiness, is core critical and fundamental. Shyness isn’t necessarily desirable either. And you can only do fly-on-the wall for so long. In the end you simply have to poke your nose in. […]

Robben Island—walking with the Hag Pt 2

It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away […]

In the townships-walking with the hag Pt. 1

Crone: Two things, my lord, must thee know of the Wisewoman. First, she is … a woman! …and second, she is … Edmund: Wise? Crone: You do know her then? Edmund: No, just a wild stab in the dark which is incidentally what you’ll be getting if you don’t start being a bit more helpful. […]

From the workshop…some more thoughts…

Kia ora tatou: Some more thoughts from last weekend’s workshop… Alan I enjoyed the weekend at Hanmer immensely, and as a bonus I learned a lot. Both technically, thank you Tony, and about myself. It was great to be with a bunch of similarly inclined people, all probably far more talented than me, wanting to […]

From the workshop…John speaks

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time. Leonardo da Vinci Kia ora tatou: Last weekend I had the joy of working with a number of photographers here in Hanmer Springs, spending time on the creative process and […]

Facing the future while studying the past: Jenny speaks

Kia ora tatou: As part of my mentoring programme, students are asked to carry out three assignments in which they look at their place in the pantheon of the medium. Jenny has submitted this essay , and an amazing piece of scholarship it is… Pour a glass of whatever you fancy, sit back, and read…. […]

Charlene Koh…an emerging talent?

Kia ora tatou: From time to time people send me images to comment upon (my apologies if i do take some time to respond; it will improve when they introduce DLT aka Daylight Lengthening Time), and I love it when it happens. Sometimes i must be polite, but most of the time I am stunned […]

In purgatory…an unexpected conversation

It really began with a chance comment, with an unexpected conversation. What are we doing this afternoon? Would you like to go out to Riverton? I hadn’t been there in nearly 15 years, so the opportunity to wander around a town which often attracts derision because of its out-of-the-way location, because of a perception that […]

Voices behind the wall

The first winds of winter Then let my name be called Traveller -Basho From time to time I think about those people who, having found the photographic path that works for them, and fascinated by it, compelled to follow it, do so happily for the rest of their careers. Lucky them. The remaining few of […]

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