I work with the 19th century photographic print making processes of platinum, palladium, kallitype, cyanotype and gum bichromate for their subtle tonal range, luminosity and inherent permanence. These manual processes help me make my prints in a pictoralist and painterly manner to render the extraordinary beauty and drama of the New Zealand landscape. My prints are labour intensive and influenced by many variables, some I try to control, others I leave for serendipity to make her mark.
My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them and to discover beauty in the familiar and in the lesser known places around us.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness” – John Keats
Marching Trees – gum bichromate over platinum
Juried Exhibitions and awards
2018 and 2017 Bronze Medal, Canon PSNZ National Exhibition
2017 Mike Ware award, The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
2017 Black and White (and Blue), The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA
2016 Honours award, Laurie Thomas Landscape Salon NZ
2015 Gold Medal and H.S James Landscape award, Canon PSNZ National Exhibition
2015 Honours award , North Shore NZ Photographic Salon
2010 and 2009 Bronze Medal, Epson International Panorama awards.
2009 Silver Medal, North Shore NZ Photographic Salon
Exhibitions – past and future
2018 Twelve photographers – twelve views exhibition (group exhibition), Art on the Quay, Kaiapoi, New Zealand
2019 Chambers Art Gallery, July 9 – 27, 2019 (duo exhibition), Christchurch, New Zealand
2019 Precious Landscapes, August 28th – October 27th, 2019 (solo exhibition), Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
Chambers Art Gallery and Magma Gallery, Christchurch.
Peninsula Arts auction 2017, 2015, 2011, Christchurch Art Show 2017, 2015
2017/18 The Hand magazine, image contributor issues #15, 18, 21
2017 On Landscape magazine, 4×4 portfolio, issue 131
2017 Totara: A Natural and Cultural History by Philip Simpson, image contributor
2017, 2010, 2009 New Zealand Camera