Haser: Thank you for joining us, for those that are first time observers of your work, can you tell us who you are and where you’re from?
Shadows Surgeon: My pleasure and thank you. I go by the pseudonym Shadows Surgeon. I was born in Wellington, but have lived most of my life in the winterless North of Whangarei.
A.k.a Paradise north of Auckland, I also hail from Whangarei and it’s a privilege to call it home.
Where did the name “Shadows Surgeon” come from?
I just made it up, thought it sounded cool.
Unlike most of our artists, your medium is a camera, when did you start snapping away, and what got you into it?
My photography journey started 20 years ago at Kamo High School, shooting and developing black and white film and photos in the school darkroom. Not the best reason for getting into it - I wanted a less serious subject in my timetable and I figured the class would be mostly female, which it was. My Dad also had a Minolta I could borrow, so the stars aligned and I got hooked.
That’s awesome, most people refer to their experience with photography as that time they exposed film in the dark room at High School. So you started off with film and I know you shoot predominantly in digital, is there a preference for digital over analogue?
Digital, no question. I love the atmosphere of film but have no desire to go back to it just yet.
Cool, I find digital is a one off fee, where as film will continue to extract your life savings with the constant re-up of film.