OVER THE WEEKEND, MY MUM WHO’S 87 SAT DOWN
& READ THE WHOLE BOOK FROM COVER TO COVER,
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS THE LOVELIEST BOOK SHE’S EVER SEEN!
I AM PROUD TO RELEASE MY FIRST BOOK OF THE NEW ZEALAND
LANDSCAPE "LOOKING FOR THE LIGHT".
This 224 page hardback has been beautifully produced by New Holland Publishers. 260mm high x 380mm wide, it's packed with 230 colour photographs, including 42 spectacular double page panoramas, from Cape Reinga to Stewart Island. I personally curated all of the content and layout with numerous pages featuring some of my most iconic gallery prints, to represent the best of my life's work. But almost half of the images are new, released here for the 1st time.
The collector’s edition differs from the standard hardback which is available in bookstores nationwide (featuring the mountain sunrise "Dappled Dawn" cover). Not only is this edition personally signed by me, it adds a black presentation box to keep it beautifully protected and showcases my hero shot “Jackpot” - a brilliant scarlet tree under a fleeting rainbow, set against a dark brooding sky. Captured with just seconds to spare, driving rain was determined to ruin everything and by the time I dried my lens enough to steal another frame, the rainbow and light had already faded!
Various photographs reveal background information of how I captured the image and a short narrative about the location. The "Behind The Scenes" chapter divulges technical data and extended stories, including ‘before and after’ photos, illustrating how the light is so critical. It explains some of the challenges I have faced and boundaries I have pushed, especially in assembling some of my complex composite images for large commercial projects. This unque portfolio is accompanied by introductory essays and stories which exceed 17,000 words, creating an original portrayal with a strong point of difference from other New Zealand landscape pictorials.
Please note: the "Jackpot" boxed & signed collector’s edition is currently sold out, but the "Dappled Dawn" book is still available from bookstores nationwide, while stocks last.
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