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?
Kia ora, I'm Tim D. and I hail from Tāmaki Makaurau via a childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia.
That’s awesome, my memories from Jakarta were amazing people and horrible traffic, I’d love to go back there for a little longer so I could paint more and connect with more locals.
As long as I’ve known you, you’ve had a camera in your hand and a fascination for photography. When did you start snapping away, and what got you into it?
I got into photography through skateboarding magazines. My grandmother had a point and shoot camera she let me borrow and take around with me. I remember you used to have to time the flash by shooting a second or two early to make up for the delay and capture the moment you wanted. Ironically that camera was the Olympus MJU, a camera now lusted after by many due to the fact that you can make incredible pictures without any knowledge of manual settings on a camera.
Awesome, shout out to nana.
I still have a lot of the magazines from then. There was a series by John Humphries in which he had set up a backdrop in the mission district of San Francisco and shot portraits of the people in the community. This was the first time I consciously remember thinking about portraiture and photography. I'd go as far as saying, seeing those photos could have been the moment I fell in love with photography and shaped a lot of what I do now.
During high school, photography was only offered in form 6 & 7 (year 12 & 13), but unfortunately my high school career didn't last long enough to take it as a subject so I didn't properly pick up a camera till a few years later when I shared a studio space with my friend and commercial photographer Mark Barber.