I work with the 19th century photographic print making processes of platinum, palladium, kallitype, cyanotype and gum bichromate for their subtle tonal range, luminosity and inherent permanence. These manual processes help me make my prints in a pictoralist and painterly manner to render the extraordinary beauty and drama of the New Zealand landscape. My prints are labour intensive and influenced by many variables, some I try to control, others I leave for serendipity to make her mark.
My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them and to discover beauty in the familiar and in the lesser known places around us.
“A thing of beauty is a joy forever, its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness” – John Keats
Marching Trees – gum bichromate over platinum
Juried Exhibitions and awards
2020 Gold Medal and H.S James Landscape award, Sony PSNZ National Exhibition
2020 Bronze Medal, Sony PSNZ National Exhibition
2018, 2017 Bronze Medal, Canon PSNZ National Exhibition
2017 Mike Ware award, The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
2017 Black and White (and Blue), The Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, USA
2015 Gold Medal and H.S James Landscape award, Canon NZ National Exhibition
2010 and 2009 Bronze Medal, Epson International Panorama awards.
Exhibitions – past and future
2020 Photospace Gallery, July – August 2020, Wellington, NZ
2019 Precious Landscapes, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia
2019 Precious Landscapes, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
2020, 2019, 2017 The Print Exposed, Gold Street Studios, Victoria, Australia 2018 Twelve photographers – twelve views exhibition, Art on the Quay, Kaiapoi, NZ
2018 Christmas Eighteen, Chambers Art Gallery, Christchurch, NZ
Chambers Art Gallery and Magma Gallery, Christchurch.
Peninsula Arts auction 2019, 2017, 2015, 2011, Christchurch Art Show 2017, 2015
2020 Platinotype: Making Photographs in Platinum and Palladium with the Contemporary Printing-out Process by Pradip Malde & Mike Ware, featured artist
2020 D-Photo magazine, Platinum for gold, interview, issue 97
2020 Jill Enfield’s Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes, 2nd edition, image contributor
2019 The Photograph Considered, Number 25, View Camera Australia
2019 On Landscape magazine, featured photographer, issue 187
2018/17 The Hand magazine, image contributor issues #15, 18, 21
2017 On Landscape magazine, 4×4 portfolio, issue 131
2017 Totara: A Natural and Cultural History by Philip Simpson, image contributor
2017, 2010, 2009 New Zealand Camera