Thank you for your interest in my photography.
I am a landscape and lifestyle photographer living in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada.
I grew up in New Zealand. As a professional ski patroller, I worked at ski resorts in Tongariro National Park, Banff National Park and the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver. I have always been very fortunate to live and work in close proximity to beautiful places and they have always included mountains.
I purchased my first camera while working as a tramping guide on the Milford Track in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand in 1985. Living and working in the mountains of New Zealand, British Columbia and Alberta has filled me with a passion to capture and share not just what I see, but also how I feel in these wild beautiful places.
For the most part, capturing a great photograph is mostly a matter of being there in the right place at the right time and seeing the shot. I have found photography to be zen-like in many ways. Often it will clear my mind and connect me to the moment and the place. Photography causes me to stop and look. Doing that causes me to see and feel the world and the universe differently. I could do that without the camera of course and have done so, but my purpose is to share the beauty. I imagine a viewer saying “wow look at that” – not so much in respect to the technical aspects of my photograph but because through my photograph they have seen this world differently and appreciated it more.
I live in Invermere, British Columbia between the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Mountains, and adjacent to the incredible Columbia Wetlands. I guide for a local back-country tour operator and so I am fortunate to be able to spend most days outside somewhere. I almost always have a camera with me, be it my remarkably capable iPhone or my well-traveled Canon DSLR.
I share both snapshots and higher quality images to my social media channels. On this website you will find mostly the latter only. I can’t always carry a DSLR around with me but I do believe that any camera is better than none and the best camera is the one you have with you when the shot presents itself.
The natural beauty of these mountains and this valley has captured my heart and inspires my photography. My purpose on this website is to share what I see and the images I capture. I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for taking time to view my website. Your feedback is welcome and appreciated.
The Koru Symbol
The Koru symbol is my photography logo and watermark. The Maori Koru symbol belongs to the indigenous people of Aotearoa / New Zealand and is widely used throughout New Zealand. It is inspired by the fern frond unfurling as it grows. It represents peace, tranquility, personal growth, positive change and awakening. It is associated with new life and harmony. The circular shape of the Koru conveys the idea of perpetual movement while the inner coil suggests a return to the point of origin. The circular symbol also reminds me of light entering a camera lens, the very essence of photography.
I believe strongly that indigenous peoples and cultures are the heart and soul of human interaction with the land and the environment. I am grateful to Maori for allowing the use of their spiritual symbolism and indigenous heritage to enrich the culture of Aotearoa / New Zealand, my homeland. I am grateful also to the Ktunaxa Nation in whose territory I now live. The Koru speaks to me of the spirit of the land and the importance of indigenous peoples in both New Zealand and Canada. They are the traditional protectors and strong advocates for the land and environment.
I cannot fully appreciate and respect the landscape I photograph without honouring with gratitude those who have lived upon it for millennia. Much Respect! Kia Kaha!