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 and as a young adult I was on track for a law career when the mountains took pity on my soul, reached out and saved me or perhaps more accurately grabbed me and filled me with a passion with which the law books simply could not compete.
I purchased my first camera while working as a guide on the world-famous Milford Track in Fiordland National Park, New Zealand in 1985. As a professional ski patroller, I worked at ski resorts in Tongariro National Park, Banff National Park and the North Shore Mountains near Vancouver, BC. I currently live at Panorama Mountain Resort in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia where I work as a snowmobile and ATV guide.
The daily experience of beautiful, inspirational and compelling mountain landscapes is a privilege that has called me to capture and share not just what I see, but also how I feel in these wild beautiful places.
Capturing a meaningful photograph is foremost a matter of being there and seeing the shot. Photography helps me put aside distractions and be present in the place and the moment. That is possible without the camera of course but my purpose is to share the beauty. I tend to see more with a camera in hand and often the best shot I get is quite different than the one I set out to achieve.
My photography is not about me. 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.
My purpose on this website is to share what I see and the images I capture. I hope you enjoy them and I would be honoured if you choose to make a purchase. Thank you for taking time to browse. Your feedback is always welcome and appreciated.
"The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you are hiding but you forget, you are just looking so much." ~ Annie Leibovitz
The Koru Symbol
The Koru symbol appears in my photography logo and watermark. The Koru belongs to Maori, 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 that indigenous peoples and cultures are the heart and soul of human interaction with the land and the environment. In addition to its cultural and personal symbolism the Koru reminds me of the spirit of the land and how that is intrinsically part of indigenous peoples in both New Zealand and Canada. They are the traditional protectors and strong advocates for the land and the environment.
I cannot fully appreciate and respect the landscape I photograph without honouring with gratitude those who have lived upon it for centuries and even millennia. Kia Kaha!
"Don't wait your whole life hopin' things might change
Don't wait your whole life lookin' for someone to blame
Gotta take a risk now, honey, spread your wings wide
Do what you were born for, do what makes you smile
'Cause it's too short to waste your time
Do things you don't want to do
Yeah, it's too short to waste your time
Don't waste your time on blue
Don't waste your time on blue"