While cars seems to be the obvious subject for a teenage boy growing up in sunny Queensland to get into, I trace the earliest stirrings of my passion to the day my father gave me a Corsa Rosso Red F40 scale model, for my 6th birthday. Having seen mostly crumbling Lada, Trabant and Dacia cars up to that point in communist Hungary, the Fezza opened my imagination and awakened me to unseen possibilities of cars as art and a basis for an entire subculture.
Photography came later, on a trip to Sweden in the winter of 2007. It wasn’t something that came naturally, but I had to be able to capture some of the majestic scenery I witnessed. Armed with a cheap point-and-shoot camera borrowed from a friend, I must have shot a couple of thousand average photos. Not being satisfied with mediocrity I kept at it, and on my return to Australia, I bought an entry level DSLR and started experimenting with shooting landscapes, sports, portraits and cars, slowly learning the basics of lighting and composition.
Soon, I begain shooting for a local blog DownshiftAus, building a portfolio as I went, and making every effort to improve my skills with every shoot. Since then, I’ve become the primary contributor and editor of the site, and work for small businesses, government and publications, shooting a variety of automotive, events and landscapes.