h o t o g r a p h y  &  R e f l e c t i o n


For an image to mean something, I feel the photograph must come to me as a gift. If I go out with a camera trying to take a great photo to impress people, a good photo eludes me. My ego gets in the way. If rather than forcing myself on the world, I look instead to what the world would give me, wait upon the world to show itself, then at times a bit of light, a shadow, a colour, or a gesture appears, surprises me, delights me.

Photography for me is about seeing and listening. This is true even if I’m walking into a room with a client shot list of photos that I have to get. My approach is no different for shooting an event, a wedding, or a drop of rain that is hanging on the tip of a leaf in the early morning light. Images seem more true, more honest, more worthy when they are not about me, but are about what reveals itself to me in the moment.

Photography for me is rooted in the exploration of the human condition. I am most curious about the human condition. I find that subject everywhere. I find it when shooting a charity marathon, covering a social function or lost somewhere in the woods. The human condition is everywhere evident. My photographic work, above all, tries to honour that human condition, the beauty that is the human condition, a beauty for all its ambiguities, uncertainties, all its disillusions and allusions, all its fears, pain, joy and wonder.

Shooting never ceases to engage me. It remains bigger than I am, more than who I am. I work hard at its study, pouring over images of great photographers, learning new skills, and exploring other ways of seeing. The scope of my photography is simple and humble. I’m not covering wars or political events, exotic locations or the deep sea, au couture or celebrity portraits. Sure, who wouldn't want that dream call and the chance to shoot for National Geographic, but my life would have had a different turn years ago; I'm happy. Events, projects and such are my lot, but it doesn’t mean I can't shoot my work with the same integrity and commitment as more sophisticated shooting. I prepare myself for my shooting to be ready in mind and spirit to press the shutter, press it when a bit of the world presents itself.

I am continually humbled by the work. I am grateful to be here, with a camera, a witness, in a moment of recognition, of belonging to the human condition, to this world, all of it. In its time, the world gives me its gift, an image, a slip of life to fall in love with.


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