A photo is worth a thousand words (or at least that’s how the saying goes), but who's thousand words and what thousand words.  Why, the photographer's of course.


Every photographer has a different story to tell and they will often take hundreds of photos trying to seize that single moment in time they need to tell their story. Each time they change a lens, their angle of view or find a different light, they opt for a different way to tell their story.


Those that were there at the time would have seen the entire picture, but the photographer shoots according to their own style and perspective, deciding what to include and what not.  In doing so, they filter the image to create their own version of the real subject they are photographing.


The photographs that have been included in this portfolio represent my interpretation (or thousand words) of the community that I live in; the events that are regularly organised, the family activities that are available or just people enjoying themselves.


Your critiques and comments of these images are always welcome.  Especially when it happens to be about some aspect of my photography I had never considered, which are actually present and tangible.


I hope you will enjoy looking at these images as much as I have enjoyed taking them.   




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The Rangitikei (pop. 14,017) is a District in the North Island of New Zealand that is often overlooked by people travelling along the country’s main artery (State Highway 1),  it has to be one of the last "undiscovered" regions in the country.


Its landscape is dominated by the Rangitikei River as it carves its way through the  countryside from its headwaters in the Ruahine and Kaimanawa Mountains to the North down to the Tasman Sea in the southwest; a distance of 241km.


But the “heart” of the Rangitikei lies with its people, their community spirit and the pride that they take in their district.  Here, life moves at a slower pace than in the big towns and cities.  The air is clean and the people are friendly, they are family-oriented and actively participate in community events.


In the following pages you will find a series of picture stories about these Rangitikians.


There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.

Ansel Adams

Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.

Matt Hardy


Photography is the art of frozen time… the ability to store emotion and feelings within a frame.

Meshack Otieno

Photography: so many attempts - so few masterpieces.

 James Elliott

​I always thought good photos were like good jokes. If you have to explain it, it just isn’t that good.


To me a photograph is a page from life, and that being the case, it must be real.



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