I almost shouldn’t be here - twice I have almost died so I feel privileged to tell this story.
The first time I was two years old. My dad has recently finished building his dream home. He was upstairs showing a friend around when he looked out the window. From up high he saw a splash in the pool. That was me - drowning. By the time he got the stairs, out the front door and to the edge of the pool, I was sinking to the bottom. I’d already come up for not one but two breaths. This was it. If he hadn’t seen me, this is where I would have sunk to the bottom and never breathed again. He reached deep into the water, grab me by the head and dragged me out. Safe - for now.
The other time I almost died I was 18.
Following that brush my death, I decided to take drastic action. I left university mid-term and escaped interstate. I got my first job, saved some money and travelled. I fell in love with photography. Exploring across the top end of Australia opened my eyes to the beauty of this country.
My first serious landscape photography was walking the famous Overland Track in Tasmania. I carried two backpacks on that week-long trip. My big heavy backpack on the back had my tent, sleeping bag and food. On the front I carried my camera bag with my precious photography gear. I relished in the opportunity to document this incredible landscape. The ruggedness, the remoteness and of course the natural beauty left my heart full of desire to see more.
For the next 20-odd years I would follow my passion and dedicate my life to capturing the diverse beauty of Australia. Driven by my desire to showcase the beauty of the landscape, I spent many months of every year creating new photographs for upcoming limited and open edition prints and book projects.
Photographs that I thought would be winners turned out to be outright failures. That disappointment almost crippled me. I felt like I wasn’t making any progress. I was devoting my life to pursue my dream yet my art wasn’t getting any better. Even though I had invested a great deal of time and money into photography, many times I felt like giving it away.
Whether it was my stubbornness or my perfectionism, I persisted. Eventually my wins became a little more frequent and I saw progress. YIPPIE! “I could actually do this!” I told myself.
However, I struggled to find anyone teaching photography outside of the traditional education system. I knew I didn’t want to learn in a classroom environment as I learn best by doing. Some said you learn best teaching others. So I started my own landscape photography workshops to teach all the lessons I’d learnt along the way.
That was all the way back in 2005. To pass on my knowledge and have others benefit from these teachings was immensely satisfying. I didn’t want that feeling to end.
For 15 years we’ve been taking enthusiastic amateur photographers across the globe to stretch their wings and cross new horizons. Their photographic adventures have taken them though incredible landscapes and richly intriguing cultures. And along the way, they’ve improved their skills, had heaps of fun, and had an incredible life time experience.
May the journey continue…
Master of Photography
2021 & 2019 International Aerial Photographer of the Year
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