“As a Landscape Photographer, I am fascinated by both the grand landscapes that are not of our own creation, and those that we have artificially created. Professional photographer Les Walkling once stated that landscapes possess our imagination, inspire reverence and awe and guide us back to where we have come from. We only have to look at the history of landscapes as art to understand the connections and significance we place on our lands. And nowhere is this connection more clearly evident than in photography.
I have been a professional photographer for 27 years. I remember with a bit of nostalgia, starting out in a humble darkroom set up in a spare bedroom with my little Rolliflex SL35 and rolls and rolls of Black and White Ilford film. The industry of today looks nothing like it did in my early days. The rapid advances in technology and creative techniques have kept my learning curve steep, but that is what makes it such an exciting and challenging time to be in the industry. The advent of digital has revolutionised photography.
Along with keeping pace with the latest technologies, I also strived to develop as an artist. When I reflect back on my earlier work, it was about perfecting the light, the composition and the colour, with the endpoint of producing a stunning image that people want to hang in their homes. I still love that part of my work, but as of late I have wanted to leave a lasting impression—to generate thought and emotion and to reinforce that we are all dependent and inseparable from the land around us.