Meet The Member: Jack Kingston

I'm a Yorkshireman who moved to New Zealand in pursuit of happiness...

Since I can remember, I've always loved taking photos. I can remember days out in England with my Grandad who would always give me his small digital camera and send me off to capture whatever I saw fit. From then on I found a real passion for landscape photography and capturing the world from behind a DSLR.

I tend to use a Canon 80D which I was very fortunate to get the chance to use as my girlfriend owned one. Prior, I used a Nikon D5500 which I saved up for and treated myself to for my 21st birthday. Before that, I used a Pentax (couldn’t tell you which one but it took AA batteries!) which my grandad passed down to me. My favourite lenses are my Canon 50mm 1.8f and my 70-300mm Nikon Lens (which I used for action photography). Whilst living in England, I attended Manchester Metropolitan University and studied International Business Management, with a heavy influence of modules on Marketing and Advertising. I even did German for a year! Whilst studying, and in the holidays, I would often find myself in the back of my Dad's jewellery store taking photos of new stock for his website and social media.

At the start of 2018, I made the decision to move to New Zealand with some friends, initially only to travel. After 6 months passed and with a heap of travelling done, I decided that I quite liked it in New Zealand and that I would like to live here.

My home was this tent! by Jack Kingston

Working as a Marketing Coordinator, I managed to fund short trips away and take full advantage of travelling for trade shows. Everywhere I went, my camera came with me. I've been immensely lucky to travel to all sorts of places, not just in New Zealand. In 2014, I was fortunate enough to travel to Tanzania and see Mount Kilimanjaro and The Serengeti, which provided even more evidence to me, that photography was something I wanted to pursue in life.

The final camp spot on Mount Kilimanjaro after an intense snowstorm. By Jack Kingston

My favourite photos (although not very good) were taken on my Pentax that was gifted to me prior to my journey to Tanzania and The Serengeti.