On the road to Kagbeni, Nepal

As mad as a March Hare

I asked my family how I should describe myself. ‘Mad’ ‘irritating’ and ‘a pain’ were all bandied about. My wife simply said ‘nutty professor’ and went about her business. I am geographically confused, having now lived on three continents. My father was an army doctor for some years, so we all traipsed around after him. Perhaps this is responsible for part of my wanderlust: living in places like Fort Churchill as a child provided some unique experiences.

My dad gave me an old Argos range-finder camera as a boy, and I learnt the rudiments of black and white processing from him. Ones later interests are often generated by family and environment and his interests clearly rubbed off on me.

However, the life of a surgeon does not leave much time for anything other than the relentless pursuit of excellence, and my photography was confined to my limited spare time and holidays for many years.

I spent my formative years in Canada. Happy days running around the neighbourhood in London, Ontario gave way to boarding school and then to the University of Western Ontario. From there I went to the UK to study medicine and ended up working and living there for many years. I fled the moral and economic tsunami that is overtaking Europe for the delights of New Zealand after my sons filed into my study one day and announced that the did not want to live and work in the UK when they grew up. I think that New Zealand will provide a better base for us as global warming and the inevitable convulsions that will follow become evident.

So, I am embarking on a new phase of my life.  I am sorting thousands of images collected over the last 40 years. I have also rescued old slides taken by my father and will post some of them in due course. New Zealand is, of course, a fantastic place for landscape photography and more images will (hopefully) follow.

Before going to medical school, I worked in northern Canada as a professional guide, and I was later fortunate to be the expedition medic for Coral Cay Conservation from its inception. I gained a lot of diving experience there and fell into underwater photography by accident. Some of my efforts at this most challenging art are here.

I was able to travel to and teach during my career, visiting Nepal and India, amongst other places. I recently had an opportunity to re-visit Nepal, observing the massive changes since I had been there last and fulfilling one item on my ‘bucket list by visiting the Kingdom of Mustang.

Style?  Well, I would have described myself as a detached observer of human life through the lens until relatively recently. As I learn more about photography (and there is so much exciting stuff to learn), I am changing and evolving into a more reflective photographer. Increasing technical skills have opened vistas, sometimes literally.

I am very fortunate in having friends in New Zealand who are keen photographers. My progress as a photographer is largely due to their input, in particular, David Lupton. David, a professional photographer, is one of the best teachers I have ever met, in any discipline. I continue to benefit from his wisdom and experience. I hope that we are both enjoying the journey that I am on.

I hope you enjoy some of my images and my musings. Please feed back.


Kingdom of Mustang Nepal