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The Drama Of Silence

The Drama Of SilencePoint Halswell Lighthouse, Wellington

The quote everyone knows about photography is 'The camera never lies!'. In one sense that is true, but in many others it rarely tells the truth. Why can both possibilities be true. The answer is because photography is an expressive art form, as all art is. What I mean by that is that the photographer can express through his or her print, both what is occurring in the physical world (the world outside the camera) and the internal world of the photographer (their emotions, thoughts, beliefs, likes and dislikes). This is why you can take a number of photographers to the same location and each produce images that are different to the others.

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Bastions

Bastions of the FutureTararua Wind Farm

Do they add to the landscape, detract, are they iconic or an eyesore. There has been much debate about the impact that wind farms have on the visual landscape. But there is no denying that with our energy hungry lifestyles, they provide that power at far less cost to the environment than many other methods. How will we be generating that same power in 10, 20, 50 or even 100 years from now, who knows. But for now, wind turbines like these and various other renewable energy projects are the established bridgeheads, the bastions from which the renewable energy projects of the future will be fought for from. The bastions of a future which is better for the environment.  

Experimentation

Sunrise 4Ohawe Beach

Photography is both a technical and an artistic endeavor. If it was just a technical, then there would be just one way (the right way) to process an image. But it's not, there are a myriad of ways you can approach an image depending on what suits the image and communicates your intent.

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Reality versus Interpretation

Music is a profound mystery, as a creative artist I feel that if I know what I am doing, I am probably not doing not doing my job, I like to always be just outside of my comfort zone, asking new questions, exploring new territory, trying new things, occasionally discovering new sounds

John Luther Adams

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Ohawe Beach 2

Sunrise 2Ohawe Beach

The temptation is to always shoot a landscape image in the orientation named after the genre, landscape. After all, it must work right? But to do so would mean limiting the possible compositions without any good reasons. In fact many years ago I heard this expression which has stayed with me ever since, "When is the best time to shoot a portrait version of a landscape, after capturing the same image in landscape"

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