… and now a little about the subject behind the camera, for those who are interested, I share with you the following. Capturing moments as they are presented, photographing the truth in these moments, allowing us to preserve the memories, one moment at a time.
Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, just a little after midnight on a Monday morning in May 1965. Generation X of today as we’re known I believe … My interest in photography started out as a hobby and was further developed while completing a two year mandatory military service in the South African Army, immediately after finishing school.
Starting out in the desert sand dunes of Walvis Bay, AKA – 6 SAI, South West Africa for a nine week basic training and orientation program, after which, I was selected to attend an Elite Infantry School, in Oudtshoorn South Africa.
Once graduating from Infantry School, I was transferred back to South West Africa, ( now known as Namibia ), where I spent another year ( 1985 ) with the South West African special forces, training troops and participating in routine deployments on the South West African and Angolan border, where SWAPO guerrillas were attempting to infiltrate South West Africa through Angola.
Spending whatever free time I had taking photos, my photography skills soon came to light, and as the only person with some camera equipment, I was commissioned to take ID style photos of the entire battalion. This led to more and more private requests from fellow soldiers & troops paying ( the cost of film and development ) me to photograph them in their battle gear around the base camp, to send home to family and loved ones.
Upon leaving the military and returning home to Port Elizabeth, my career followed a different path, first working within the transport industry until I was able to purchase a small family owned transport logistics business, which was originally started in 1976.
After about 10 years of rapid growth, and many sleepless nights, I felt it was time to move on. I think they call it “Burn out” so I decided to sell my business and took a few years off. Today this business continues to operate successfully and has become one of the leading road transport companies in South Africa, now owned by my brother, ironically.
During this time I continued to enjoy my love of photography and from time to time photographed weddings for family and friends and at times, friends of friends. Always that guy with the camera! Other interests included travelling and on the many travels throughout South Africa, Europe, The Far East, America, including Alaska and Canada I enjoyed photographing the Landscapes, Cityscapes, Old & Modern buildings, Wildlife and people etc.
Over the years competed in more than 30 Marathons and Ultra Marathons as well as a number of cycling events. Most recently took part in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC. As I’m now officially on the other side of 50, I find myself more comfortable cycling about 3 or 4 times a week. Typical rides are 20 to 40 miles with the odd 60 mile ride. Whilst I prefer trails and greenway riding on a mountain bike I do participate in an occasional ride with a group on a road bike. Reluctantly the days of pounding the road on foot are a thing of the past, well at least for now. After watching the most recent Boston Marathon I must admit that the thought did enter my mind, maybe just one more??
I also enjoy Adventure motorcycling and currently ride a Triumph Explorer. Recently rented an Adventure motorcycle with some friends in the Italian and Swiss Alps and more recently a ride in the Canadian Rockies, Banff and Jasper National Parks this past Summer!
Having the yearn to travel and see more of the world, decided to leave South Africa and immigrate to the USA during 1999. Approximately 7 months after applying for a Visa, I received the approval notice to enter the United States. Finally in March of 2008 received a Green Card / Permanent Residency in the USA.
In May 2013, officially became a US Citizen.
After settling in the Cary, North Carolina area, decided to purchase a well established One Hour Photo Mini Lab and Studio Photography business. In early 2005 changes in the photo business moving from film to digital, it became very clear ( very fast ) that the furture in film developing and processing was going to become history and decided then to shift focus on the Studio and Photography business.
In October of 2007, moved from a retail location on NW Maynard Road to a beautiful new Boutique Studio in the Coorsdale Office Park at 790 SE Cary Parkway >>> fast forward some 11 years, February 2018 … was approached by my neighbor who was expanding and needed more space and decided to sell the Cary Parkway Studio space. After a brief search acquired a new space located at 5660 Six Forks Road,( Suite 204 ) in Raleigh, North Hills area.
My inspiration comes from being able, and fortunate, to travel around our wonderful world, creating images, documenting those special and often emotional moments, one moment at a time. Capturing moments in peoples lives that touch the soul, moments that are often never repeated.
After suffering a major stoke in June of 2010 caused by a blood clot lodging itself in my brain, leaving me completely paralyzed on the left side of my body, it was confirmed to me that our lives can change in a second. Thanks to many special people I was able to make a swift and full recovery ( for the most part ). A second chance, a moment in time where you suddenly realize this is the real deal, life is not a rehearsal!
I learn from those that are better, will always assist those who ask. I take nothing for granted and am grateful for ALL that I have! I keep things simple and believe in a well balanced life. … and finally – YES, LESS IS MORE!
” take vacations … no one is rich enough to buy back their past “