This image inspires me to ponder more than any other. I stumbled across this mummified hand midway along the Tasman Glacier and immediately thought, someone out there knows this person. This hand belonged to a young climber who was avalanched near Tasman Saddle hut more than 41 years earlier, and never recovered. He was buried under enough snow and debris to be encapsulated until his body was transported to a lower altitude to be revealed to me, almost 10 km from where he perished.
It still makes me wonder about the 19 year old climber, his life cut short and the darker side to mountaineering.
It was very pleasing to capture this lad in his element after the Wedding ceremony. There are no guarantees that any shots will turn out when working with kids, but I’ve noticed how much more grateful I am when they do.
These friends were busy posing for Sonia’s engagement party when I asked if she could show me the ring. That was when the real magic occurred and I captured as relaxed an image as I could wish for. In the original image the bride-to-be can be seen in full, but the whole perspective shifted when I cropped it this way. It’s my personal preference although I did supply both versions in the final selection.
Sharlene, the Maori Warrior Lady, is a catalyst in my view. I immediately wanted to take a photo of her but was intimidated until I came to realize how warm and softly spoken she is. I recently read a quote that said something along the lines of, ‘it’s better to be a warrior in the garden than a gardener in a war.’ Well, the wisdom of those words most definitely apply to Sharlene. She flipped my initial judgement on its head and I now know I’d want her on my side in times of trouble.
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The end of another year has come and it’s time for reflection. As I browse my contribution to photography this year, I take note on what has happened from my viewpoint, what inspires me, how I view the world and how this worldview has changed. Change, after all, is inevitable. So I thought I’d share with you my favourites from the last 12 months.
This image was chosen for its balance and simplicity. I feel that the subject and the landscape work exceptionally well together and are more than the sum of their parts. Violet is happiest in nature and needed no instruction on where to stand and what to do.
Since the arrival of my first-born I have focused much of my photography attention on her and taken a step back from adventuring, so not including a favourite of her would be neglectful of me as a parent.