Statement

I was born in Christchurch and currently live and work in the Canterbury region as an engineering geologist and art photographer. It is the landscapes of the South Island of New Zealand to which I am most powerfully drawn to make my photographic interpretations, especially in the Central Otago, Canterbury and Banks Peninsula areas.

I photograph predominantly in low light, always guided strongly by intuition and waiting for highly charged atmospheres. I often slow the shutter speed while using a variety of other in- and out-of-camera techniques to emphasise proportion and placement over decoration.

I find that in nurturing and honoring my personal subtle connection with a location rather than attempting to document the environment on first appearances, the earth is more inclined to quietly speak what she most needs us to hear, hinting at a mysterious and vital present moment full of extra-sensory earthly colours, textures and a spatial depth that lie just behind what normally meets the eye. A Between World is thereby unveiled⎯a world that is in fact much closer to true reality than our everyday third-dimensional illusory experience would have us believe.


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Sam has been selected as one of the 2018 ATIMS Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art presented by ArtTour International Magazine in recognition of excellence in art and creativity as well as Top 5 Photographer for 2018.

His creative portraiture work has been recognized by Circle Foundation for the Arts for its originality and uniqueness, remarkable aesthetics, and high technical and creative standard.In 2021 he was awarded the Power of Creativity Art Prize by Contemporary Art Curator Magazine.

His work is also featured in vol.10 of The Best of the Best Photographers 2021 published by Oneeyeland.

As well as a permanent display in Christchurch at Windsor Gallery, Sam’s work has been exhibited in New York in 2018 and Italy in 2017 and 2018, with shows in other cities planned.

Other photographic projects being worked on include a series of unique one-of-one large format panoramic images from the Otago and Canterbury regions.








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