I am keen photographer with a strong fascination with wildlife and the outdoors. I've spent time ice climbing in Europe and Canada, Bicycle racing in Brasil, Indonesia and Tahiti, but more recently I've swapped a huge rucsack of climbing equipment for the opportunity to explore the landscape with a tripod and camera. It doesn't seem to be any lighter.
These explorations have gradually broadened to include Astrophotography and Underwater photogrpahy, and for some unknown reason, they seem to often include volcanoes.
Awarded EFIAP - Excellence de la Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique
became Councillor for membership - PSNZ
Champion image - Laurie Thomas New Zealand Landscape Salon
Silver Medal - Four Nations 'Our Country' category
Awarded AFIAP - Artiste Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique
Awarded APSNZ - Associate member of the Photographic Society of New Zealand
Bronze Medal - "The Wild" international Salon
Bronze Medal - 43rd Photographic Society of New York International Salon
Hey James, what's with the Seahorse?
Yeah, good question. The seahorse 'rubber stamp' is exactly that - it was drawn for me by my dad when I was in secondary school - I thought seahorses were pretty cool (I still do!) so he created a series of concept sketches for me. I picked this one and we made it into a rubber stamp. Cool huh? Recently the stamp was unearthed from my parent's attic; I really like the nostalgic link with family, upbringing and my artistic roots, hence its use here.
My father did a few other pretty cool things in his career as a commercial artist. Some highlights include the Thorntons, Crabtree & Evelyn and NEXT logos, Talisker, Dalwhinnie and Knockando whiskey labels, and my personal favouries; a whitesnake logo and album covers for Jethro Tull (Broadsword), Lindisfarne (Dingly Dell) and The Stranglers (MenInBlack). Thanks Dad, some of what you taught me has sunk in, I think...
I love that you've come to my site, I hope that you enjoyed looking at the galleries, reading my random utterances in the blog, and possibly even purchasing a print or two. I'm not going to chase you down because (a) I'm too busy and (b) I don't know how.