Born: Christchurch New Zealand
Profession; Film maker
Freelance still photographer for 24 yrs.
skills: Radio / electronic, (I hold two grades of radio
Can edit to a reasonable standard.
Can also operate satellite transmitting equipment
24 yrs experience in off-road-driving / 4WD vehicles
Holder of Heavy truck and trailer licences, 22 years
24 years mountaineering experience
24 years caving experience
Skilled in all kinds of vertical rope techniques
First Aid certificates
Cycling / Mountain-biking, Long distance running, triathlons, martial arts
Equipment: Panasonic AJ-D800 DVC Pro
digital camera (PAL)
Fujinon A15+8BEVM-28 lens
Fujinon Fisheye lens
DVC Pro LT75 portable laptop editor
Satellite phone (Nera World Communicator 64kbps)
Iridium portable satellite phone
2 Miller Tripods (Deluxe & lightweight)
Pag Battery system, 9 batteries and 3 chargers
2 Pag sunguns
Sennheiser Radio mic set
Sennheiser K6 mic
2 Panasonic MX-300A 3 chip mini DV cameras (PAL)
4 Yaesu programmable VHF / UHF two way radios
Extensive range of Mountaineering / caving equipment and
rope,etc for filming in a vertical environment.
Wetsuit / lifejackets / GPS
Certified Harnesses etc for helicopter filming operations
Other safety equipment, water filters, insect nets, etc for
tropical countries, gas masks / heat suits for volcanoes etc.
Extensive stock of maps of New Zealand and worldwide
2004 MAN 4WD truck based in New Zealand
1983 MAN 4WD truck based in Australia
Since 1980 I have been a freelance photographer and specialized in filming breaking news.
Constantly first at the scene of major fires, crashes, police emergencies, floods, storms etc, I soon made a name for myself for being first with the best photos, these were regularly printed in magazines and newspapers.
In 1990, I started taking a video along to emergencies, this soon attracted the attention of the TV networks, within weeks of this my pictures were leading the evening news bulletins. Since then, I estimate I have shot over 500 lead stories where I have had the best or only pictures of the incident and thousands of other stories that no other TV network has had. My efforts at getting the best pictures have often meant that I have become part of the story I am covering.
My filming activities in recent years have evolved around my passion for the natural world and in particular, nature in her most violent moods: erupting volcanoes, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, tornadoes........the greatest show on earth. During the last year alone there have been more than 15 programmes and shows done featuring my efforts to "get the best shot" along with more than 40 magazine and newspaper stories. My pictures regularly appear on the world's major television networks. Most recently my own TV series "Dangerman" was made for the Discovery Channel.
below a few photos of me in "the office"
(click on them to see a full size version)
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