The value of photographs was apparent to me at a young age. The recollection of my relatives arranging and re-arranging themselves in front of the camera to memorialize happy events had a profound effect, and was for many years how I used the photographic process. During a short stay in high school I was more interested in what was happening outside the window than what was going on in the classroom, so ‘out the window’ became a metaphor for my life. I left home at a young age set on a course for adventure and a strong impulse to keep a personal photographic record.
Via a non-traditional and circuitous route to higher education I was a merchant seaman, a fur trader, a bush pilot and a minerals prospector, among other things. My relationship with photography in the beginning was extremely naïve, but it was also persistent. I preserved a record of my experiences with photographs but realized later that connecting with the world through the camera was not a conscious activity at that time. Stimulation in my visual field would trigger a response to celebrate the moment by taking a picture, but I didn’t think to ask why. In 1986, twenty-two-years after pressing the shutter for the first time, I enrolled in a photography degree course. Since then, my relationship with photography has continued to evolve towards a more conscious practice.