This is the obligatory biography bit.
Well, I’ve been clicking shutters since I was 18 years old back in 1993, when I studied graphic design and photography. My student camera was a second-hand Ricoh that was busted in such a way that it only worked when you held it upside down. I fell in love with photography in those heady darkroom-driven student days, and here I am, more than two decades later, still doing the same thing.
Since then I have refined a bit, discovered that I’m a creative photographer rather than a documentary one, so I do the bulk of my work in studio. I’ve been called “The Light Whisperer” and that is kinda nice. But I do admit to being obsessed with photographic lighting. And I love working with people, the combination of which is why my portfolios are those of corporate & industrial headshots, product and pack shots, and where my heart lies: model photography.
Taking photos is not just what I do, it is what I am.
Away from the camera I teach and I write. I’ve published two books, a photography tech manual and a novel (admittedly my female lead is a photographer), I blog (about anything from photography to cricket), and I talk prodigiously on Facebook. I run lighting workshops and teach the newbies how to operate cameras.
When I don’t work, I enjoy cooking (the cleaning… not so much), reading, watching sport – Rugby will do, but Cricket is life – and just hanging with my family. I live in the north-western suburbs of Jo’burg with my two Puli dogs, Laszlo and Laika. (That cute ball of hair on the right is Laika). I also have a stuffed petite baby hippo named Felicity who loves cricket more than I do. Don’t ask.
Join a band and they ask you “who are your influences”. My photography career is influenced by Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Peter Lindbergh and the genius that is Rankin. However, while the guys there are the influencers, I admire the ladies. Ellen von Unwerth, Lillith Leda and Annie Leibovitz moves my soul. These are the people who inspire me to do better.