“There is only you and your camera. The limitations in your photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
My fascination with photography stretches back more than 50 years to my first ‘real’ camera, a plastic ‘Diana’ that was popular in the 1960’s. I had already spent many hours practicing with a discarded and broken 35mm rangefinder with no film. The first photos taken with the ‘Diana’ were illusions of my friends and family standing on the palm of my mother’s hand.
My obsession with using longer lenses may have grown from those early games with foreshortening. A 100-400mm is my preferred working lens.
Eventually, I grasped the concepts of shutter speed and aperture and their relationship. It took many cups of tea and a couple of very patient mentors. If only I were more competent with my camera that perfect winter day in 1980 when a Tasmanian Tiger strolled past.
Photography is a passion that has opened many doors and introduced many new friends. It has also resulted in heavy bags of camera equipment and tripods that rarely get used. Many lessons have been learned and even more of them have been perilously ignored.
Life is full of resolves like “I must use a tripod” or “I need to slow down and think”. My problem is that after 50 years I still get a buzz when I press the shutter and freeze that moment in time. It is still exhilarating.
Early in my career I worked at various photographic laboratories and gained some valuable skills across a range of media and techniques. That put me in good stead and has formed the basis of my understanding of colour and black & white processes. During those early days I also worked as a commercial and portrait photographer.
Some of the amazing people I have worked with include Richard McCure and Arnold Wolframs at Taslab, Tim Jones at Perfect Prints, Kevin Bell at the St Johns Eye Clinic, Alan Waugh at Photoforce, Jan Dallas and Noel Miley at Q Photographics. All of these people were generous with their time and knowledge and they taught me valuable lessons which I have carried forward and attempted to share with others. I am most indebted to John Hodgman, who tutored me at TAFE, and taught me how to see. I have also been supported by some amazing professionals from advertising and government agencies as well as fellow photographers.
The past fifteen years have seen me pursue my interest in nature and landscape photography. I have expanded my skills into digital printing and picture framing which enables me to produce finished archival work in-house.
Photographing nature is the source of my greatest joy.