We’ve all sat down contemplating would we’d do if things were different and if money wasn't an issue, what would your dream gig be?
I guess anything to do with the UFC would be a treat. Photographing the fighters, filming the fights, man make me the UFC matchmaker. I’ll give Sean Shelby & Mick Maynard a run for their money any day.
I hope to see you ringside with your camera one day, I can certainly see you immersing yourself in that world and documenting a side of it that the average person doesn’t see.
Outside of the Octagon, where would you like to see yourself in the near and distant future, artistically and personally?
Inspired by a book called ‘Contact High’ I wanna put my life’s work on film into books focusing on every single contact sheet I’ve ever shot in chronological order accompanied by the worthy photos from that contact sheet. This is my one and only goal at the moment. My life’s work is kind’ve grouped into 3 sections. There’s the early graffiti stuff. 6 years of documenting the Auckland scene, all the Disrupt the System and Hip Hop Summit events at Aotea Square. 240 rolls of 35mm. Then there’s the Back2Basics archives. 90 rolls of 120mm. And then my current body of work, sitting at 201 rolls of 120mm. I’m currently in the process of getting these books kick started. Watch this space.
MATE, please do what you need to do to make this happen, this is certainly a publication that needs to happen, and we will certainly be in line to cop it when it hits the shelves.
Eventually we wanna move away from Auckland city and live off the land down in Matapihi & Matakana Island.
I’ve lived a pretty similar lifestyle when I was a kid, growing up in Mangakahia. I’d love to do it again as an adult and teach my kids basic life and survival skills.
Speaking of kids, what advice would you give your younger artist self?
Travel and see the world before having kids. Try buy a house before having kids. Don’t sweat the small stuff and overthink things. Don’t procrastinate or waste other peoples time. Take Risks. Be loyal. Keep your sword sharp and be ready at all times. Tell your māma you love her more. Get those stories from your Grandparents.
Well said and very true, love the attitude.