I was given a small Kodak 135 camera as a child with which I would photograph whatever took my fancy, landscapes. friends & family, anything really. I was always amazed at seeing the images come back from the printers. But it wasn't until I joined the Australian Army that I really took up photography, eventually training as a Regimental Photographer, where my subjects were anything from corporate style portraits through to photographing action images of rugby right through to parachuting. At this stage I was developing and printing all of my own images in the unit darkroom and at times in a tent whilst out in the field.
Before discharging from the Army I had been doing some wedding photography and continued to do so for a year or two afterwards. Although it was a lucrative opportunity I did not like the hassle of placating bride's, mother's of bride's...well you get the picture. I actually stepped right away from the camera for a number of years, until I once again yearned to capture images, only this time it was landscapes that I wished to photograph.
Landscapes don't talk, bicker or argue and unlike the weddings of today, landscapes don't have smartphones with camera's in them. I have had the pleasure of creating images in Canada and Alaska, as well as different locations around this sunburnt country of Australia.
Unlike the photography of my past, I now use the digital medium which required a lot of reading/studying (thank you Youtube), experimentation and loads of trial and error to be able to print my images for hanging. I use Nikon camera's and Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop along with Nik Efex software like Silver Efex Pro 2 to edit my images.
Earlier in 2020, one of my images was shortlisted in the World Landscape Photographer competition and more recently I received a Silver Award for another one of my images in the 2020 Epson Pano Awards. Both competitions attract International photographers from all over, so there was a lot of stiff competition.