Central Otago is a powerful landscape, sunny, dry and brown with weathered ancient mountains, alpine herb fields and fast flowing rivers. It has been my home for over 40 years. When I first arrived on a cloudy overcast day I wondered if I’d made a huge mistake shifting here for work. The landscape seemed so bland and characterless on initial viewing. Very quickly the massive blue skies fascinated me as did the out of the way roads that led to places unknown.
Given time the weather changes from the North West and South started to fascinate me – cirrus and lenticular clouds became heralds of weather to come in the future. Their appearance draws me out to obscure locations often in the late afternoon looking for something special and a light that speaks of the landscapes in this area I have come to love.