Can you briefly describe the type of books you write?
I specialise in wildlife and nature photography. In my books I talk about the different species here in New Zealand and the challenges I face when photographing them. I share my observations on animal behaviour, the difficulties the animals face and give tips on photography along the way.
You are a photographer by profession: what is the relationship between your photography and your books? Has one grown out of the other?
My books are very visual and filled with many of my photographs. I found that people also enjoy the stories behind the image. Combining the two adds interest and enables me to share my love of nature with others. I can share my insight concerning the behaviour of the animals and the difficulties they face. It also means I can help others improve their photography but at the same time showing that the welfare of the wildlife is paramount.
You are obviously passionate about nature: where does this interest come from?
I’ve had a love of animals and wildlife since childhood so can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t interested in them. But my introduction to wildlife photography didn’t really come until much later in life. In fact my passion for wildlife photography didn’t really grab me until I got married and we went to Africa on a safari.
You and your wife set up your own publishing company. How have you found this? What have been the biggest challenges? And the most satisfying parts?
There are many challenges with any new business especially one that you have no experience in. It was certainly a steep learning curve for both of us. Book design was the first hurdle, mainly researching what software was best and how to use it. Then there was the challenge of finding a printer to deal with and learning the terminology involved to ensure we were both on the same page, excuse the pun. The most satisfying aspect to the whole process is definitely when you get your hands on the finished product and all the hard work comes together. I have to say though you get a real buzz watching someone first quickly flick through your book, then flick back because an image caught their eye, then they start to read it and then finally they buy a copy.
Are you currently working on a new book? Or photography project?
I have no book on the go at the moment, although I am toying with a few ideas. As far as the photography goes there are always projects and ideas on the go, the difficulty being deciding which one to work on at any given time. I need to work on my time management skills.
Inspired by Nature: Saturday 15 August 2015, 11am-11.55am in the Raglan Town Hall.