Who am I again?
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. Late in 2020 I started paragliding and am hoping these adventures will start to include photography in future.
These explorations have gradually broadened to include Astrophotography and Underwater photography, and for some unknown reason, they seem to often include volcanoes.
I was awarded Associateship of the Photographic Society of New Zealand with a set of landscape prints in 2016 - you can view my set here
Gold medal - PSNZ SONY National Exhibition Open Print (Cascade Swirl)
Honourable Mention - 4Nations international salon, 'Our Country category' (Muriwai)
Bronze medal - NZ National Exhibition Open Print (Key Summit)
Bronze medal - International Pano Awards - Coromandel Sunset
Honourable Mention - 4Nations international salon, 'Our Country category' (Key Summit)
Champion Monochrome Print - Dunedin Festival of Photography (Ryde falls)
Silver Medal - New Zealand International Salon (travel)
Silver medal - 'First Light' International Salon, India (travel)
EFIAP - Excellence de la Fédération Internationale de l'Art Photographique
Councillor for membership - Photographic Society of New Zealand (PSNZ)
Champion image - Laurie Thomas New Zealand Landscape Salon
Silver Medal - Four Nations 'Our Country' category
AFIAP - Artiste Federation Internationale de L’ Art Photographique
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
9a Domain Terrace
So 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.