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the artist

PHOTOGRAPHIC STATEMENT

As my journey through life evolves so has my photography and I have become obsessed with capturing the beauty of the perfect landscape. Living near the coast I am fortunate to have the, ever changing, moods of the sea and the vastly changing coastal light as my canvas. My seascapes may not be technically correct but I try to convey the mood, emotion and interpretation of the beauty that I see within the flowing waters, at the time of exposure.

where to from here?

As life takes its twists and turns and as I mature, I would trust that my photography will follow closely and I look forward to the road which lies ahead, in search of the perfect light. Through these images I express my feelings for the places I visit and the wonders of the natural world that I’ve encountered along the way and share them with you. How we see is a very personal thing. To this point, I believe a great photograph is not merely documenting the scene at hand but rather it is about fusing my vision as a photographer with the scene or situation that presents itself. We are well into a new and exciting generation of photography that is incredibly more limitless than ever before.  It is an exciting time to be a photographer.

Even in the hands of a master, a camera alone will never capture Nature as we can observe it with all of our senses. I will attempt to share my experiences in this multi dimensional world as best as I can, within the limits of a two-dimensional medium. What defines a great photographer is first and foremost how to seize a moment and make it theirs, reacting quickly and precisely to often, rapidly changing situations. No amount of post processing can ever repair a bad composition, an out of focus image, or create great light.  I have spent hundreds of hours improving my skills and collecting days and weeks of failure before a rare moment presents itself and a capture is made.

It has been said that the most important quality of a photograph, as in all art, is to evoke an emotional response. While most things in nature do this for me, selecting just the right place and moment to make a photograph that conveys those emotions, is far more difficult. My camera is one of the tools I use to achieve my final result and the images you see on this site is an attempt to better present to you the experience I felt in being there.

It is an exciting process, and above all, a way for me to do what I love most, exploring wild and wonderful places and capturing it for all to see. Without travel and wildlife, I would never have begun taking pictures.

Wildlife and landscape photography is infinite and luckily I don’t need to go far. Most of my seascapes have been taken in the Western Cape area of South Africa, most often right here in Cape Town. It’s not about where you are, but how you see.

Time in nature becomes ever more important to balance our lives as we become prisoners within our own modern creations. This is because there exists deep within us a connection to nature unlike anything that can be found in today’s intense world of instantly manufactured gratification. There is a certain freedom that comes only when we are immersed in the natural world. I travel to the wide-open plains and deserts of the African bush to experience something much greater than myself, and I hope you will too.

Thank you for visiting and sharing the journey with me.

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