This collection of photographs has been a long time coming but in essence it is a smashing reaction to reality. We have lived through a tough few years and we have experienced a great deal of change in our society and in our lives. I wanted to create a body of work that was familiar and brought smiles to the audience yet was reflective of where we are today in a society. Damaged Goods is a reflection of today’s world whilst giving us some familiar flavours. Enjoy!
Travelling the world has been a privilege and an honour over the last 18 years of my life. I have seen spectacular and breathtaking sites. But I am always drawn and fall in love with tourism and its impact and mark on our travels. This body of work explores a still life approach to beautiful viewpoints and the telescopes we often find at iconic and famous locations.
I enjoy the irony of the ‘viewfinder’, its suggestion that looking through the telescope here and you will be enlightened with a better view that what sprawls out in front of you, but sometimes really we just need to open your eyes and admire the view, unaided. I also love the iconic nature of these telescopes, they have always been around in my lifetime and offer happy memories to my child hood on family holidays.
It’s taken some years to compile this body of work, so I hope you appreciate and enjoy the view, and maybe recognize a few of the iconic locations!
Where Did My Toys go?
The series evolved after one day a close friend asked me; When did I last climb a tree? What a question, when did I? When was that day that all the joys of childhood slipped away and I became that teenager that was too cool to climb a tree? With this notion came many images and many more thoughts, when did I put away my Action Man or where did my sister’s Barbie go!? Come to think of it, Where did my toys go?
At some point at the end of my childhood I put down my toys, and at some point at the end of my teenage years the toys had disappeared. I did not have any younger siblings, my toys were not inherited or passed down so where did they go?
If I think back to my childhood, I can see many opportunities for my toys to disappear, maybe they went to the numerous car-boot or garage sales my mother went too, or maybe it went into the rubbish or trash bag that my mother threatened us with when we left our toys out. I do not know….
With this collection of staged photographs I wanted to evoke memories of ones youth and childhood on an adult scale, in a familiar landscape, my new playground, New York City.
I hope you enjoy Where did my Toys Go? Enjoy!
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The Land Down Under
Visiting Australia was a lifelong ambition and I had the privilege to be able to spend 2 months in this great country. I touched only on a fraction of the vast landscapes that occupy this continent country. Spending time travelling around the east coast from Noosa to Melbourne and onto the great Ocean road I was able to witness some amazing landscapes, mostly focused on the coastlines of this country.
This body of work merely scratches on the surface of what is out there, but I hope you enjoy the scenery as I did!
The Great Kiwi Landscape
Travelling from the top of the north island and down across the Cook straight and continuing through the south island I had the privilege of spending three weeks exploring the utterly beautiful country. This was a dream come true exploring, in a campervan, the landscapes that defy even words to describe the abundance of beautiful and ever changing landscapes this island nation has to offer.
The body of work is unable to do justice to the landscapes that I drove through, camped in and soaked up for these three weeks. The photographs here are a collection that I felt best showed New Zealand’s pure rugged beauty.
Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
American L. is a collection of landscape photographs taken since I moved to the US in 2005. I have visited 43 states and seen some amazing sites and scenes across a wide spectrum of environments. The selected photographs are chosen for the beauty of the landscape being witnessed but also for the point in time which enhances the experience; a sunset, the change of a season and cloud formation, they are all moments that have changed the scene and made the landscape its own. Enjoy!
Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.
This is a collection of landscape photographs with a difference, after living in the US for over 7 years and visiting 31 states, I have seen my fair share of roads and the landscapes that they pass, on their way through on the road that eventually leads home. The photographs unlike with American L. allows for the human touch to creep into the photographs, roads and homes sprinkle the photographs as I speed through the American Landscape. Enjoy!
The Last Great Wilderness
Endless scope is presented in Polar photography by the abundance of seal and bird life, the illimitable and exquisite beauty of formations of the great inland ice sheet itself, the barrier and icebergs, sea ice and the thousand and one details of the explorer’s own life
– Frank Hurley 1914
The journey to the South Pole has been a quest for over 100 years. Some of the most notable, honourable and hardiest of the world’s adventurers and explorers have risen to the challenge to conquer the White Continent. The routes of their expeditions have varied, and while some tried, others failed. Those explorers who succeeded found triumph in the face of adversity of the challenges they faced in this great white wilderness.
2011 marked the 100th anniversary of Roald Amundsen’s great feat of reaching the South Pole, being the first man to do so and beating Robert F. Scott to the title. Inspired by the tales of these great Polar expeditioners, and also by the work of photographer and adventurer Frank Hurley, I embarked on my own adventure, albeit with a little more comfort that these great men, on an expedition to the last great wilderness. Sailing from Ushuaia in Argentina and following the route of a handful of other adventurers (and a few more tourists), I set sail in their wake to explore the southern oceans and the end of the world.
I had never been on a cruise ship before let alone an expedition of this kind so I was enthralled with the prospect of following in the footsteps of the Polar explorers. The route was known but what the journey would entail was not; there were expectations and plans, but the many faces of Mother Nature would undoubtedly cross our paths as we headed south.
It was the unknown that had driven my notion for this portfolio; the photographs I set out to capture were to be of a sense of place, a hint to the barren and isolated landscape devoid of all but the hardiest signs of life. I wanted to see and feel what Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton had experienced. I wanted to see what they had seen, and I wanted that for the photographs.
Our sea journey went along the routes of several different historical expeditions. On the 14th December 2011, exactly 100 years since Amundsen reached the South Pole, I stepped onto the continent. We landed and touched the frozen landscape of this planet that our fellow man had first trodden upon some 100 years earlier, and I saw remnants of life from those previous expeditions and previous inhabitants of this cruel continent. I experienced the sights and sounds they had experienced. The immediate impact on the senses was limited; it was mostly black and white, devoid of smell, sometimes with a hint of blue from the ice or the sky. However, after some time adjusting, the landscape visually changes and there is more definition in the ice, the snow and the skies. Hints of life appear as penguins and seals pass by. You get a real sense of the enormity of Antarctica as icebergs float by and glaciers stand towering above like castle ramparts.
As the power and awe of this continent stays with you, it gives way to thoughts of the Expeditions and of the challenges of man in this world. You begin to get a sense of the isolation, the barrenness, the cruel and unforgiving nature of this environment.