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Diversion from the Path- a letter to Olivia

Diversion from the Path- a letter to Olivia

  Kaitiaki, Rawene Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16-55/2.8 WR ISO 1000, 1/250s @f8     The mind gets distracted in all sorts of ways. The heart is its own exclusive concern and diversion. ~Malcolm de Chazal   Tēna koe Olivia: It was lovely to talk with you on Messenger yesterday, and to share your photographic journey, […]

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 […]

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John Part III

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John Part III

    Brunelleschi, looking through a hole at a street in Florence, makes a depiction of it from a fixed viewpoint…. The photographic process is simply the invention in the 19th century of a chemical substance that could ‘freeze’ the image projected from the hole in the wall, as it were, onto a surface. It […]

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John. Part II

Whakaaro and whakairo ma(a)rama-towards personal style. Letter to John. Part II

   Kaitiaki Fujifilm X-T2, XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR ISO 200, 1/350s@ f11   “Life remains unchanged till a leap of faith runs towards heaven” ― Santosh Kalwar, Three Line Poetry #21 “The artist must have something to say, for mastery over form is not his goal but rather the adapting of form to its inner […]

Whakairo Ma(a)rama-moving towards personal style… part I (A letter to John)

Whakairo Ma(a)rama-moving towards personal style… part I (A letter to John)

  Patupaiarehe II, Ahipara Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art ISO 64, 1/24s@f11      The ‘how’ has a great effect on what we see. To say that ‘what we see’ is more important than ‘how we see it’ is to think that ‘how’ has been settled and fixed. When you realize this is not the […]

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 […]

Blood in the Water-an Adobe rant

Blood in the Water-an Adobe rant

Delirium I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 ART ISO64, 1/160s@f8   There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling… And the bloated corpse of the whale, Adobe, is doing little to help itself… And I am thrilled. Let me explain. I use Adobe products because I must. My workflow is a rather complicated […]

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 […]

Reveille-returning from the outer darkness

Reveille-returning from the outer darkness

Multiple suns, Paponga Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC Di ISO 64, 1/400s @ f8     “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”  ― Mary Oliver   Kia ora e te whānau: Those of you close to me know that […]

A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends

A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends

  Te Rerenga Wairua Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Shoot data immaterial   Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not […]

Passing a series of Dark Gates-A letter to Josh

Passing a series of Dark Gates-A letter to Josh

The Dragons of Belkw’inith (near Ratana Paa) Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III, 16-35/2.8     Tena koe: The following is a letter I wrote to a young photographer, beginning his journey. He had been seeking my advice for some time. However, this letter is also addressed to all the photographers who realise that our medium […]

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