Tell us a little bit about how you got your start in outdoor photography?
I don’t often head out to photograph with a specific goal in mind, I think of myself as more of a photographic opportunist, someone who is prepared for whatever situation arises while exploring and/or working in the outdoors.
“It dates back quite a while to the pre-digital era when I began shooting transparency film and went to India and Nepal for a total of five months as a volunteer doctor. Not long before that I started rock climbing and was hell bent on exploring and learning more about the mountainous regions of the world. I returned to Australia after that trip and had just enough reasonably decent images to be accepted as a contributor to the Lonely Planet Images stock library (subsequently sold to Getty Images). It didn’t take long for a few image sales to focus my efforts on shooting more outdoor imagery as I continued to climb and hike in some pretty awesome parts of the world. However, juggling medical work with climbing, travel and photography meant that is was a slow process to reach the point I am at now where outdoor photography sits equally alongside medicine in terms of how I spend my time. Only recently I’ve been added to the team at Lindblad/National Geographic Expeditions as one of their photo instructors, which is a great fit for the way I’ve evolved as a photographer interested in capturing images of adventure travel and the natural world."
“When home in Australia I’m often at work in the hospital Emergency Room as well as directing a biannual course on Expedition Medicine in the Blue Mountains. In January I’m leading a sold out photo trip to Ladakh, India hopefully to see and photograph a snow leopard or two and in June 2018 I’m running a boat based photo trip in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska which I’m very much looking forward to. It would be great to fill the small number of berths available so anyone interested can follow this link to get information and book a place - http://www.snowgoosealaska.com/adventure/gustavus-to-gustavus.html “
“Have patience to develop and understand a pathway to tell a story in the way that works for you. Focus on activities and stories that you’d want to be involved with regardless of any photographic goals you might otherwise have, then it’s more likely that your photography will be a genuine reflection of your creative voice. I’d also say to ask for advice from others more established in the field and be prepared to contribute in that way yourself once you have more experience. It’s fun and rewarding to be part of a community of interesting people who love the outdoors.”
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