What is your background in photography?
I had always had an interest in photography but family, study, and work commitments meant it was never a priority until about 10 years ago when I joined a camera club and brought a DSLR, then a mirrorless camera. which meant working through some steep learning curves! Joining the club was a great opportunity to become part of a photography community of like-minded enthusiasts and I subsequently experimented with all genres of photography. A street photography workshop in Melbourne was the catalyst for a change in direction as I loved the documentary/portraiture style which has become a passion and perhaps my main focus.
How would you define your photography style?
I’m not really sure I have a definite style as it is continually evolving. My work is intuitive - no tripod or flash, use of natural light, and minimal gear. I am always thinking about how best to show things in a manner (often unconsciously) that is unique to me - decisions about what to leave in and out of the frame usually with a narrative or documentary theme. Perhaps in this way, it is my style.
Can you tell us a little about your latest photo collection ‘At Home’ and the inspiration behind it?
‘At Home’ is a project that has been ongoing for some time now. My most satisfying work is project-based – I love individual photographs but also work towards a narrative that builds from a theme or parts to make a body of work. With the present situation (Covid 19 lockdowns), it has become even more necessary to focus on what is ‘at home’.
NZ photographer, Robin Morrison, was perhaps an inspiration/influence on this project as I greatly admire his work from the 70’s and 80’s that captured images of places & faces ‘from the ordinary run of life’ as he travelled around Aotearoa/New Zealand.
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