I’m a follower of Jesus, and this drives me in the paths I choose in life. Work as an aid worker for an international charity supporting the emergency relief work we provide to people affected by wars and disasters. I’m a Kiwi but have moved all over and am now thoroughly placeless. A textbook TCK with all the associated perks and problems. I spend my life in the limbo of departure lounges.
I’m currently based out of Melbourne, where I’m married to a beautiful wife, A., and have a gorgeous 6-year-old step-daughter, M.
As a traveller I’ve been to an even 50 or so countries so far, so plenty more to go. Wanna see ‘em all before I die. I love the outdoors, and the wild places of the world. There appears to be a direct relationship between my level of happiness and my distance from urban centres. I’m a mountain junkie, and anything to do with them. Skiing remains my number one passion, but I love hiking, rock-climbing, mountain-biking, even a spot of white-water kayaking. Lately honing a nascent passion for scuba diving, which doesn’t have a lot to do with mountains but which opens up a whole new dimension of our beautiful planet, and I’m also learning to kite-surf & snow-kite, when wind and circumstances permit.
I’ve been using an assortment of Canon cameras over the last few years, with early work on a Canon T70 35mm, transitioning to a Powershot G6, then my first DSLR a Canon EOS 350D. Since that died I’ve upgraded to a Canon Powershot G9 (compact with a sweet underwater case), an EOS 400D, and now an EOS 5D which I love dearly. I shoot in RAW format and process using Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Lightroom, using Apple computers (I am also a self-confessed iPad addict). I love landscapes and wide-angles, but crave to be a better photojournalist and portrait photographer. I am rarely out without my polarizer. As a rule I like my shots to closely reflect what I saw with my own eyes, rather than heavily processed images that stray too far from reality.
I like my cinema poignant. I like my music eclectic. I like my cheese fondue. I like my feet bare. I like my air conditioning off and my windows down. I like my friends and wish more of them weren’t so far away.
More Altitude. Annapurna South (7,219m) in the background. Annapurna Sanctuary @ 4,200m, Nepal.
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