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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.

Photographing the land. A quality of obsession.

The future was rushing towards me, drawing ever closer, arriving on the horned wings of an approaching storm. I looked up in horror, in ghastly realisation, and knew that there was nothing, nothing at all I could do to escape, to turn it away…. I am more convinced than ever that whatever we photograph, we […]

Meeting Kamikaze again

Relax, said the night man, We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, But you can never leave. The Eagles: Hotel California I am not sure what it is about circuses and sideshows, but they fascinate me. I think they always have. I would like to think it has something […]

Reflections …sometimes the devil is waiting behind the fence

I often wonder why so many of us are drawn to photography. I never cease to be fascinated by the reasons, by the motivations, and by all the myriad-and-one reasons why we take up photography. Over the years when I ask people why they have do it, some have answered confidently, while others have dithered […]

Two Pictures, One story

Kia ora tatou: Sometimes the stories around here are massive and mind-boggling, tributes to big money and breathtaking ineptitude, sometimes they  are small stories about stubborn determination. Welcome to Africa. I was driving south from Port Alfred, heading to Port Elizabeth and thence to Tsitsikammer for the night, when I hit the motorway, about 20 […]

News from out there- bits and pieces

Kia ora tatou: it has been raining a lot over here, so I have had time to look around on the Net, hence the new posts. I will be offline Sunday through Wednesday next week in the Tankwa Karoo. In the meantime, here a few links you might like to follow: Those of you who […]

To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity

Kia ora tatou: There I was, tearing my hair out ( see pic below), trying to get the driver for my screen calibration device to work, and this popped into my Inbox. It helped, it really helped. To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity 1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses […]

Living in the thin film…

With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. ..It is curious to recall some of the mental habits of those departed day -H.G Wells, War of the Worlds The earth is 12000 km in diameter; the atmosphere which surrounds […]

Seeing with generic eyes

Updated Monday 1450 Kia ora tatou: My friend and fellow artist, Doc Ross, has this disturbing ability to throw intellectual hand grenades and stir responses. yesterday He sent an email to a small group of us who have a regular e-debate on photography, the Universe and everything. He is usually the instigator, and the results […]

Of workshops and sealing wax…

Kia ora tatou: Well, nothing whatsoever to do with sealing wax… There are still plenty of spaces left on the Summer Sundays, so if you were thinking of coming, sign up! Nick Heaphy and I will be working hard to teach you everything you need to know to know about the vexing question of colour […]

Another post in the Dammit-I-wish-I-had-shot-that category

Kia ora tatou: Time for a Sermon on the Mount. On Monday night I had the singular honour of being asked to judge the Canterbury Roundup, an interclub battle for projected Images, along with Ian Smith (ex-Photo Access) and Linda Lee, a Fine Art photography teacher from Christchurch. Nice to see clubs looking for input […]

Geekzone vol 2- especially for Mac users

Kia ora tatou: Here, for you Mac users, is the wonderful advice Donald has sent me about keeping your Macs running sweetly. BTW, the evangelist on the right is Steve Jobs. Mac fanboys genuflect to him daily. PC users may know of him….in the same way we may have heard of Knockemstiff, Ohio..but who wants […]

Freeman is coming

Kia ora tatou: As a number of you know, Freeman, Sally and I will be teaching next year the visual design workshop  we have done for the last few years in Akaroa, New Zealand at the gorgeous Mt Vernon Lodge. Each year we finish the workshops exhausted and elated. As one recent attendee said: This […]

0-100 in 6 months-the Amazon habit

In a recent post, I talked about my favourite books. Well I have been adding to them. My collection of PhotoShop How-to’s has suddenly mushroomed, courtesy of a nasty and virulent Amazon habit. There is a reason for this. An expensive reason. I have just upgraded my 1Ds Mk II to the MK III. Apart […]

A journey

Kia ora tatou: A friend gave me this poem the other day. Prophetic, somehow. It seemed appropriate to accompany it with this image… The Journey One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you

And now, the camera for the person who really does own it all…

Kia ora tatou: MaryJo sent me an email detailing this vital piece of photographer’s kit . I checked my diary to see whether the months had slipped by and it was April 1. Then I followed the link. I am still not sure about the date…. So I include her letter in toto.. Like shooting […]

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