PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORK
Like many photographers, my passion for the medium developed through personal travel photography; in my case documenting the incredible Latin American landscapes I witnessed during my first backpacking experiences. My photography developed steadily with my travel experience, gradually incorporating people photography; this began with "Street" but soon moved on to "Portraits of Strangers", which greatly motivated me to turn professional.
Since taking up photography professionally, I'm more inclined to take a compact camera with me for short trips (currently the Fuji X100T), saving the full-format camera (currently the Canon 5D Mark iii) for Portrait work and longer travel.
All of my Travel Documentary Photographs are available for purchase.
For details, please contact me by email.
PORTRAITS OF STRANGERS
Convince a Perfect Stranger to let you take their portrait. Then and there.
Simple in theory and often in practice, but always dependent on the person and the moment. This is simply a great "exercise" for any photographer: firstly, it necessitates effective communication (often without a common language...) and, with that, the ability to convey your credibility; secondly, it tests your quick-decision-making ability regarding composition and lighting. I've often used unassisted off-camera lighting (a soft box or umbrella on a light stand), which, although complicating the process, is always worth the result.
Giving my card out after each portrait, I’ve been able to send each "stranger" their photograph; a nice free gift for them and a great bonus for me to be able to stay in touch with such a diverse mix of individuals.
For personal work, like professional work, I get as much pleasure out of candid photography as I do out of portraiture. Street photography adds the great challenge of discretion - some people simply do not wish to be photographed, especially by someone who is, essentially, a "tourist". For subjects that become aware of your presence, the same skills apply as for when photographing strangers: conveying your respect, credibility, and good intentions.
LANDSCAPES & NATURAL SUBJECTS
As a keen hiker, when I first got into photography, all I wanted to capture was landscapes. Though undeniably better with a full-format camera on a sturdy tripod (as I did religiously during my first years of Landscape Photography),
provided you're not looking to make large prints etc, you can certainly get some worthy compositional shots out of a good compact camera.
ARCHITECTURE & URBAN SUBJECTS
Capturing cityscapes, particularly at night, got me into HDR photography. Whilst I'm no longer a fan of heavily-edited images, a good knowledge of the technique has proven indispensable, in modest amounts, for my Interior Photography assignments.
Though Wildlife Photography has never been a goal of any trip, I take great pleasure in photographing animals whenever the opportunity presents itself.
PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG
My Personal & Travel Photography, by country / region / city, depending on the amount of documentation in each. Each post is split into separate galleries specific to each of the photography genres summarized above.