I caught the photography bug as a young 15 year old (and, boy, was that a long time ago now!). I couldn't afford to buy a camera outright, so I convinced my older brother, Bob, to put in two-thirds of the cash while I put in a third to purchase an SLR camera. Four hundred and fifty dollars in 1978 was a heck of a lot of money. Dad was dead against it - photography is an expensive hobby, he said. But we went ahead anyway.
He was right, it was expensive. Film and processing cost a small fortune. And of course, there were the magazines I needed to subscribe to every month so as to learn.
I photographed everything from still-life to athletics.
Since that first Minolta SLR, I've bought several Nikons, Hasselblads, and Canons, and too many lenses and accessories to mention. And yes, for those who need to know, I've now switched from Nikon to Canon, but we won't go into that brand debate here.
In the early nineties, I started developing a passion for wedding and portrait photography. So in 1992 I bought a medium format camera and started shooting for various studios around town and soon gathered enough experience to do it on my own. Weddings were great fun and I loved the adrenalin of shooting under pressure. It's very much like a sport, the goal was to make every bride look beautiful. The winners were my brides (and their mums of course!).
In the year 2005, a mate of mine told all about the fun he was having with his new digital camera and the software he used. It sounded like great fun (and as I was still shooting film, I felt like a bit of a dinosaur too), so I went out and bought a Nikon digital SLR and Photoshop CS2. I was instantly hooked.
I love shooting landscapes. Waking up early in the morning, going to a location and waiting for that special light to me gets the adrenalin running through my veins. Shooting landscapes is a lot of fun, and the goal is to make every scene look beautiful.
Photographing landscapes has turned me into an environmentalist. While I love the beauty of the landscape, especially the Western Australian landscape, I am saddened by the damage we are doing to it. I believe, that as a "pragmatic environmentalist", I am not opposed to development and progress. I am opposed to damage to our environment and the habitats of the other creatures that we share our Earth with.
In 2011, I joined the campaign to protect the Kimberley from industrialisation. This crazy idea of riding a push bike from Perth to Broome became my passion in the hope of raising awareness of what could happen to this most beautiful and beloved place on earth. Bike To Broome was born, and on the 21st of August 2011 a group of friends and I rode the 2,388 kilometres from Perth to Broome. It took us 5 days 1 hour and 30 minutes - we think, we're not completely sure, but we think that this is a record for an around-the-clock tandem bike ride.
Anyway, I am an eternal optimist, and I believe that we can leave the Earth in pretty good shape for future generations and future photographers.
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