I originally trained in Prop-Making and Scenic Art but found there was a lot more work available in Stage and Production Management. I now have almost thirty years of experience working in Theatre, Arts and Events as a Producer and Project, Production and Stage Manager. Since 1993 I have also worked extensively in Film and Documentary Making, Photography and Photojournalism.
I like to capture images, moving or still that tell the personal, intimate, painful, ordinary and sometimes remarkable stories that exist in daily life wherever I happen to be.
After working in the Middle East as a war photographer for almost 5 years, I discovered that my perspective on life had changed. I realised that I needed to focus more on projects and jobs that demanded a different kind of sensitivity from me.
After working in war zones and places of political unrest between 1999 and 2004, I returned home to New Zealand and then settled in Melbourne, Australia. Collectively this employment experience has given me a more thoughtful and compassionate approach to work, and I now work with a greater understanding and depth of listening and seeing.
The passion I have for photography and documentary film making comes from a desire to ‘capture the truth in a moment’, and to record people’s thoughts and ideas, which ultimately allows me the opportunity to collect stories digitally, and in doing so, make them available for generations to come. In many ways, I am an archivist and a storyteller, who loves working with people, recording and depicting the stories and observations throughout life, and the lives of those around me - especially when they come from the heart.
I am currently studying for a degree in Environmental Studies by distance learning out of Massey University.