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For my tenth birthday I was given a camera, and my father began subscribing to the National Geographic magazines. From then on I was hooked on still photography.
I went on to work in television as a cameraman. After many years of general filming I focused on filming animal behaviour for wildlife documentaries and worked for the BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and Discovery.
This enabled me to combine both my interests, shooting ’movies’ plus shooting “stills’ for publicity material. I’ve also had material published in numerous magazines and books, including cover shots. I was invited to participate in the ’A DAY IN THE LIFE OF NEW ZEALAND’ venture and am thrilled the book features twelve of my images.
Following my career in television I moved into teaching on both still photography plus film and television courses at Polytechnic and University level.
Living in Dunedin for forty years I’ve come to appreciate the enormous potential this region has to offer for landscape and wildlife photographers and I’m excited about the prospect of sharing the special things we have here with our visitors.
I got my love of the outdoors as a youth hunting and fishing in the hills and rivers of Otago NZ. I first worked as a news reporter for newspaper, for radio, then TV. I was a founding member of TVNZ’s Natural History Unit in 1977, and produced the award-winning Wildtrack childrens’ series and Wild South documentary series.
Later, I produced and directed wildlife documentaries and factual series for Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and broadcasters in UK, France, Germany and Asia. I filmed in NZ’s wild mountains, forests, islands and underwater, and also in the sub-antarctic and Antarctica.