I grew up somewhere I didn’t like. I spent my childhood dreaming of places far away where I was surrounded by nature, and not by man-made structures. I didn’t realise this until recently, but mental illness has been a big part of my life. I believe that it is possible to pull anyone out of a depressed state with the powerful force of nature. But often that can be very difficult to actually do. Images can act as a trigger, in the same way that music or certain smells can trigger your senses and immediately take you somewhere else.
My art aims to engage your emotions and transport you to a different world – a natural world – to help you find serenity and calm from wherever you currently are.
The biggest compliment I could ever receive is that one of my photos has helped you to escape from whatever it is you needed to escape from.
Let me take you somewhere else.
Thank you for appreciating my work.
“Remember to take note of all the little things, because one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.” – Robert Brault
Where do you live?
I’m currently living on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. I’m actually from London in the UK, but I’ve been travelling with work for nearly 8 years. After a long stint of living out of a bag, I’m finally ready to settle down in my new home in Noosa.
What inspired you to become a photographer?
As a marine biologist and diver, I’ve always had a camera I could take underwater with me so I could show people the cool stuff I see diving. But I didn’t pick up a decent DSLR until 2015, when I met the legendary surf photographer Peter ‘Joli’ Wilson working in the Maldives. I found him so inspiring and encouraging - he helped me choose my first cameras and lenses. I’m very fortunate that I get to travel to some amazing countries and photography is a way of capturing the beauty of each place. I only wish I’d invested in a decent camera years ago.
What is your favourite thing to photograph?
My favourite place to take photos is in the ocean. I like to shoot surfing and animals, and just the water itself. I love being in crystal clear water and photographing the beautiful patterns in the sand. The ocean is my happy place so I aim to show other people it’s beauty how I see it. Oh and I love tropical storms.
What equipment do you use?
I have two bodies – the Nikon D750 and D7200 as my crop frame. I have a 400 mm telephoto lens for photographing surfing, a 16-35 mm wide angle, a 50 mm prime, and a standard kit lens. For underwater photos I used to use a mirrorless Olympus PEN with a wide angle lens and dome port, which is a very budget set-up that you can read more about here. I have recently upgraded to Aquatech to house my Nikon D750 and wide angle lens.
Who inspires you?
I love the work of Morgan Maassen, Brandon Verdura, Sean Scott, and Warren Keelan. They all photograph the ocean (mostly) but have very different styles. I think that’s what I love about photography – that everyone sees things differently so you have the opportunity to open other people’s eyes.
The beauty found in our natural world is very important to me, and I hope to contribute to it’s conservation. For this reason, I choose to work only with eco-conscious brands and organisations.
If you’d like to shoot with me, please feel free to get in touch.