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The waharoa is the gateway onto a Māori marae, or meeting place. It is the place where the manuhiri (visitors) are welcomed onto the land.
Here kōrerō (stories) will be told.
Please pass through the waharoa to the taumata, the place where I share my own journey with a camera, and sing the songs of the understandings of the world and of myself which photography gifts me.
All of us who travel the road of our life with a camera have a wonderful friend and guide, to share and comment on who we are.
And why we are.

Vespers-An evening meditation on and at Christmas

Vespers-An evening meditation on and at Christmas

  In honore noctis sacrae Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16-55/2.8 ISO 6400, 1/250s@f9     At heart and in my heart, I suppose I am a contemplative. While I wouldn’t categorise myself as a practising Christian, certainly not these days, there is so much ritual I have grown up with, so much Anglo-Catholic tradition which has […]

IN THE MORNING-A MEDITATION

IN THE MORNING-A MEDITATION

     Ka awatea Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16-55/2.8 ISO 1250, 1/250s@f8   I have taken to greeting each day in meditation. Or rather bowing to the very beginning of a day.   And where is the beginning of a day anyway? Is it when the sun is rising or when it has risen? Is it […]

Photographing the elastic lace of the wind

Photographing the elastic lace of the wind

After the rain, Rāwene Samsung Galaxy S8+, 4.2mm ISO 40, 1/260s @ f1.7     The wind is us. It gathers and remembers all our voices, then sends them talking and telling through the leaves and the fields. ~Truman Capote   How do you photograph the wind she asked? You cannot, I replied. However, you […]

Time in attendance. On Te Rerenga Wairua.

Time in attendance. On Te Rerenga Wairua.

Te Rerenga Wairua Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art ISO64, 1/2000s @ f9   “Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in […]

Te Wairua O te Wai- the spirit of water. Walking with a camera

Te Wairua O te Wai- the spirit of water. Walking with a camera

Te Wairua O Te Wai Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16-55/2.8 ISO 400, 1/140s @ f11     Sometimes walking with a camera is a way of seeing beyond the walls of your own inexperience, beyond the illusion of the reality in which you have wrapped yourself. I had been busy, working through the back catalogue of […]

Te korowai o te wai-Lessons in a creek bed

Te korowai o te wai-Lessons in a creek bed

Te Korowai O Te Wai, Ahipara Nikon D810, Sigma Art 24-105/4 ISO 64, 1/30s@ f11     You can learn a lot by being quiet, and just looking and listening. After all, you have two eyes, two ears and only one mouth. And perhaps, in doing so, you will come to find that what is […]

On the nature of Beauty and the passing of ages

On the nature of Beauty and the passing of ages

Water film, Rāwene Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art  ISO 64, 1/125s @ f8     “Be still within yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.” – Minor White     When you focus on your subject, and really begin to listen to it, then you will begin to hear the song it […]

The is-ness of water and light- a paradox

The is-ness of water and light- a paradox

Te Ara O Te Aorangi, Hokianga  Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 Di VC USD @70mm ISO 64, 1/1000s (x10) @ f8    “Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” […]

Of mangroves and the leathery slap of water

Of mangroves and the leathery slap of water

Mangroves, Te Karaka  Nikon D810, Sigma Art 24-105/f4 ISO64, 1/100s @ f8     Water has its own personality, its own character, its own mauri, or essence. Actually it has many personalities, as many, in fact, as there are stars fixed to the underside of the night. And the water of Hokianga is a particular […]

An invisible conversation

An invisible conversation

An Invisible Conversation, near Kohukohu   Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC USD ISO 100, 1/1250s @f8   “Photography came out of painting and is now going back to it” ~ David Hockney Sometimes realisation can lurk back in the shadows, back beyond the light of recognition, waiting for the opportune moment to emerge and pounce. […]

A shift in the flux of the heart

A shift in the flux of the heart

 Ngapuke, from Arai te Uru  Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 /2.8 VC USD ISO 64, 1/640s @f9     The weather was turning. A storm was coming. I could feel the fingers of its unspoken intention plucking with calloused and experienced fingers at the strings of the heavens, tendrils of intention reaching out and beyond the […]

Kotare on a wire

Kotare on a wire

 Intuitions Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art Iso 100, 1/640s@f5.6       Kotare on a wire   In the mornings, when the sun is hiding behind the low hills beyond Taheke, preening itself just prior to making a Grand Entrance, I walk out onto the wet grass in front of the house, allowing its moist […]

A Ring around The Moon

A Ring around The Moon

 Moon and Cloud, Hokianga Harbour  Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 ISO 100, 1/250s @ f8 There is a ring around the Moon. I see it on certain nights, usually close to full moon, when its energy is at its peak. If I look at it, I will see a glowing, pulsing corona, shimmering with blue energy, […]

Wandering in a daze-entering via the exit door.

Wandering in a daze-entering via the exit door.

Inaianei II  Nikon D810, Sigma 25-104/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8   “The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery, is of little worth.” ― Ezra Pound This is the first article of two, offering some thoughts on what is shaping up to be […]

JOURNEY- Homecoming

JOURNEY- Homecoming

Tupuna II, Hokianga Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/200s @ f8 Ancient History was waiting for me, and the disparate threads of my journey were beginning to weave together. It had been a long journey. It had been a hard journey, full of dark nights and crossing cold storm-driven, snow-furled winter passes. I […]

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