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29 March 2020

Being able to identify what makes us happy is the first step toward finding inspiration.

To be constantly and creatively inspired is a wonderful state to be in, and leads to a happy, bright and varied life.

To be able to find inspiration anywhere, anytime can be the difference between feeling fulfilled and feeling something vital is missing in life. Getting from one to the other is as simple as adjusting the way we think or approach things in life.

The ability to see the world in a different and more inspiring manner is something worth striving for, because if we can achieve this, then our creativity will know no bounds.

We all relate to the world in a unique way, and this perspective can be used to understand what motivates us, and can help us to figure out how we personally handle inspiration.


There is a perception that creativity comes to only a select few. I believe this is an excuse of people who have simply not yet found how they are creative.

At the heart of our creativity should be one underlying question: what makes us happy? The first step to understanding how to unleash creativity is to understand that there is no rule dictating what is and is not creative.

Creativity can come from anywhere, take any form, and most importantly, comes from within. Creativity is not a competition.

My Photographic History

25 March 2020

From an early age I knew I was relatively “arty”; I also learnt that so long as there was a ruler about I was pretty good at drawing and so set about studying towards a career in architecture.  Holding down four jobs wasn't sufficient for me to be able to pursue this so into the sciences I went.

Still holding those four jobs down, I eventually saved enough to purchase my first camera.  I had no idea what I was doing technically but had a heap of fun. The only bummer was having to pick up extra work to now pay for the film I was churning through and, of course, its development.

I had found an outlet for my artistic, creative side!

Skipping forward I learnt that NZ didn’t really invest in its scientists in the way that I needed to allow me to stay in NZ. An opportunity arose which saw me change direction and go from Marine Chemist to Forensic Scientist.

I joined the Police as a Fingerprint Examiner. During this time I suffered from Jarvis syndrome!  My crime scene sketches required the use of a ruler to save me as like Jarvis here, I can’t free-hand draw!  My photographic skills in this position were increased in ways that few other jobs would allow. Going along to crime scenes, especially those of a serious nature meant that an accurate record of evidence needed to be made.  Once located some fingerprints proved challenging to photograph and so specialised forms of lighting and filtering were required in their application.

My introduction to digital photography occurred around the same time I was asked to travel to Phuket to help identify the victims of this tsunami.  Because of my photographic endeavors I was unofficially chosen to assist the photographer on my first rotation to Phuket. This extended into recording such things as our working conditions, the techniques used and a daily diary of achievements.

With time and loads of practice, I have gained experience in most forms of photography from weddings, to births, to events such as school concerts, theatrical plays and commemorative services, to promotional shoots to interior design photography.  I love creative photography as I don't cope with limitations of expression particularly well any more.  In the coming weeks I will be blogging about creativity, my processes and influencers.

I recently found a quote from Jerry Uelsman and I think it sums up what I do quite nicely and would like to end with it.  It goes…”A camera is truly a licence to explore”, a sentiment I concur with wholeheartedly as this describes the way I have lived my photographic life.