I'm based in the coastal city of Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island, I spend Monday to Friday working in the building industry and I’m photographer on the side. The company I work for is quite flexible with leave so it works out great as I get the best of both worlds; the fun, the adventure, the long hours and the rubbish pay of the photography industry while having the consistent weekly income of the construction industry to pay the bills.
I got in to photography around 10 years ago after a friend and I went out with his DLSR and I was blown away buy the quality of shots we gathered compared to any point and shoot camera I had ever used. From there, it has built from a hobby shooting my friends riding, to now where I spend quite a bit of my summer travelling around photographing events within the NZ Mountain bike scene. And after a fairly unsuccessful career of racing I feel I’m better positioned on the other side of the tape.
I first got the taste for photographing my friends riding so we could showcase the adventures we found ourselves on to other friends and family that didn't ride, as a way to justify to them why we spent so much time and money on mountain biking.
I find that when I shoot, I generally prefer wider shots that encapsulate more of the environment as I find close up race shots don't tell much of a story and thats still the main reason I photograph mountain biking.
When it comes to shooting events I find myself right at home on the larger enduro and multi-day events, where I am out on my bike in the mountains with my gear on my back, riding the same race course as the athletes, capturing the environment and emotion of the event that the spectators can't see from the finish line.