I’ve always thought I never had a creative bone in my body until in 2008 when I started taking photographs. I didn’t have any training but I bought a camera as Karla my wife, and I were travelling overseas.
I didn’t even turn the camera on until I had researched every single part of the manual.
When I did, I tried to take pictures like ones I had seen which had left an impression on me.
That shot, the shot when I felt I had a picture that was special, was one morning at Coogee tidal pool. I had been spending late nights on the internet, researching everything to do with light, and filters and how many extra seconds I had to leave the shutter open to capture the sunrise I wanted.
I researched the tides and the time the sun would come up.
When I saw that photo of the tidal pool with a crimson-purple sunrise on the screen at the back of the camera, I knew that was it. I wanted to throw myself in deeper. That was the day all my research paid off.
I’ve never loved anything so much as taking photographs. It’s as simple as that. I have an affinity with the medium that I can’t explain.
It’s about the light – seeing it, using it and creating it.
There’s something quite special about being at a location and capturing that light, it’s something that not many people get to see – the way nature dictates colour and light. The randomness of not knowing how the light will surface, the uncertainty is what keeps me going back to the same location until I get the picture I have seen in my mind.
I also enjoy controlling light and using it to paint a scene. I make a lot of use of off-camera flash in portraiture. It gives me more control and I can manipulate light in any way I like.
I draw diagrams and like to have a plan. When I see the end result, and it’s what I had on paper, it is really satisfying. I can spend many months thinking about a shot coming to fruition.
Once I planned a city skyline made out of nuts and bolts and laid out on perspex, using light to give the impression of the cityscape with a subtle glow behind the skyline. I had those nuts and bolts in my garage for two years while I was thinking about the photo.
I can spend many hours on a photograph, editing it, getting it right. There just aren’t enough hours in the day, I’d love to be taking pictures and editing 24/7.
But I couldn’t do it without my wife Karla and my family – they are my inspiration – my backbone.
I hope you enjoy viewing my work.