Photographer and image manipulator based in Adelaide, South Australia.
Many years ago I started painting landscapes as a kind of diversional therapy for anxiety and depression. I was attracted to rural night landscapes but found it very difficult to paint at night on location or to appreciate the various subtleties of light when painting from memory. Then I realised the potential of digital photography to capture low light environments and I started experimenting with a compact camera with enough manual settings to give me a glimpse of what was possible. I bought my first DSLR camera in 2008, and roamed the countryside on the full moon with my new camera and tripod whenever I could. Through much trial and error, broken bones, tripod casualties and camera mishaps, I’ve persisted until I’ve reached a standard that I’m happy (but not content) with.
My first ‘serious’ camera, one that I bought specifically for night photography, was a Canon 50D in late 2009. At about the same time I decided to join this fabulous Redbubble site and the inspiration I get from other artists on this web-space has helped me persist with my photography, through periods of recurring depression.
Now I’ve finally decided (in late 2012), that I believe in my skill and vision as a photographer enough to fork out and buy a Canon 5D mark III; a camera that is proving to be able to handle most of the range of night light conditions that I’m interested in. I’m particularly attracted to photographing oceanic coastline in moonlight and framing our Milky way Galaxy with terrestrial landforms and objects such as the old homestead ruins that are littered throughout the South Australian countryside. I have grown to love photographically documenting the decay of isolated household facades and contrasting them with change more timeless and ethereal.