Ever since I was a kid I have always been intrigued with the way things worked and I had a deep passion to discover how and why. My poor hapless Dad was always putting back the bits and pieces from clocks and various contraptions that I had destroyed, in my efforts to find out how the confounded thing worked.
To me, life is an incredible journey of discovery and hunger for the serendipitous interactions that await the bold and adventurous.
Photography gives me the perfect instrument to marry my passion for travel and discovery, with the intrigue of technology and precision equipment. It is then through my images that I can reflect, relive and recount my journey through life.
However, and not to forget, these journeys always revolve around people, and the interface that is involved with human interaction. Through my travels I have met the most wonderful, courageous, humble people, who in the face of daily adversity and hardship that would daunt the bravest soul, have kept a quiet dignity that neither privation nor the tyranny of time could steal from them.
In spite of the often violent world we live in, and the feeling that most of our traditional values are being challenged on a daily basis, I never cease to be amazed at the virtual goodness of humanity. From the peasant woman in her humble abode in an isolated country community in Vietnam, who cooked me a vegetarian meal, to the grace of the street children in Cambodia, who have only a smile to offer - my faith and reconnection with humanity has been strengthened afresh.
Sir Walter Scott once wrote "One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honour or observation."
It often saddens me to think that many have ‘sold out’ for a life of mediocrity - to be content to play the spectator instead of the active participant in the ‘game’ of life.
It is my sincere hope that through these images you will catch a vision of the beauties, challenges and opportunities that God has given to each one of us, and you too will be inspired to experience more deeply the marvels that abound in your part of this world.
Equipment: I had been using Nikon equipment for over 25 years and have never had a camera failure. My last kit used to include a Nikon D3X with Nikkor AFS 70-200 f4g. However, lugging the huge DSLR kit around Asia in the heat had become too much. A few years back now I changed over to the FujiFilm mirrorless system. After successfully trying the older X-T1 (which has now been sold off), I have now settled on two Fuji X-T3 cameras and one X-H1 body. I also bought, used and tested many Fuji lenses and have documented this at length on my blogs. Suffice to say most of them have been sold off and I have settled on the best option for me and the type of shooting that I prefer. One of my X-T3 bodies has the brilliant 16mm 1.4 'glued' on and the other X-T3 body has the lovely 50mm F2 lens attached. I use the 16mm lens for well over 60-70% of all of my shots. My eye seems to 'see' better at that focal length. I can also get in very close to my subject with this lens for my street and 'events' work, and blur out the background. I use the 50mm more when I want a head and shoulder shot or for 'portrait' type images.
I've kept the X-H1 because it has IBIS, and is useful for the odd times I want to use my 90mm lens, when things are a bit further away. To summarise - I am very happy with the handling of the lighter smaller cameras, their incredibly sharp lenses (sharper than my equivalent Nikkors), and the beautiful images that they create. However, most of all (and this is very seldom discussed), you must use gear that inspires you and you get excited to use. I really love my Fuji gear, and each time I step out of the house with my cameras around my neck, I feel that I am heading off on a new adventure with pieces of gear that I love to share the experiences with. All pictures are shot in RAW (RAF) - I never ever use JPEGS - and post processed in Capture One. Post processing is kept to a minimum in order to keep the mood and feel of the original image.
Items that are indispensable - my Thinktank Hubber Hubber Hiney and Speed Changer V2 bags. Large camera bags and photographic backpacks are a thing of the past. Strap one of these small bags around your waist and it makes your camera virtually indestructible. I have just completed a five month stint in Vietnam - crashing through jungle, bouncing over rough roads on my motorbike, getting doused in tropical downpours, crawling on my stomach through seething mud - and all the while my cameras were as safe as the military leaders who run the 'show'.