I think my obsession with photography started right back in my childhood as one of my favourite toys in my toy box was an old box brownie. My father then gave me his old camera which, had I known, I would have kept as it was a good camera for its era. It was a film camera and I treasured it until I was given my own small compact camera for my tenth birthday.
Over the years my love of photography has developed more and more. I very rarely go anywhere without my camera as I always see something when out and about that I feel I need to capture. Thankfully I have been blessed with being able to purchase a good set of gear and am now shooting with the Sony A7Riii and some lovely lenses.
I feel that I am about halfway to becoming a good photographer. Each time I learn something new, I’m drawn to wanting to learn even more - It’s like a never ending journey but one I love being a part of!
Nature and wildlife are definitely the area of photography I am drawn to, birds in particular and even more particularly native birds of Aotearoa.
This past year I discovered a love of fungi and fungi photography. This has taken me to some beautiful areas of stunning native bush. I now find this to be my place of peace and happiness.
As I progress with my photography journey, I find I am wanting to learn more about our flora and fauna so I have just signed up to volunteer in one of our local Kiwi trusts which look after an area of bush called the Otanewainuku Forest. I’m excited to be part of this in the future and to photograph what I see as well as learn about what I'm photographing.