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With D-GaP Photos I’ve combined two of my loves – my love of photography and my love of the great outdoors.

My interest in photography started when I was about eight years old when my father built a darkroom in the back of our garage. I started by learning how to process photographs before I even took a photo. Eventually I grabbed my Dad’s Leica and started snapping. My father was (in the days before even 35mm photography) a photographer with the Christchurch Star, New Zealand and, especially in the early days, would help me with learning how to use the camera, composition etc. To this day he is still my harshest critic!

As for my love of the outdoors that didn’t really start to my 20s when I participated in the Outward Bound course in Anakiwi. Shortly after I joined the Waikato Tramping Club, of which I’m proud to say I’m still a member. After moving to Australia in 2001 I joined the Border Bushwalking Club in Albury/Wodonga where I held several positions, including President for four years. I have served on committees for State based Bushwalking Groups and I’m currently on the executive committee for Bushwalking Australia.

Some of my favourite places are Kakadu National Park, Fraser Island, Kangaroo Island, Cradle Mountain, Lake Mungo, Wilson’s Promontory and the Larapinta Trail (Western McDonald Ranges out of the Alice). I still have so much more I want to see and photograph.

I’m so proud and lucky to live in Albury. This is a special place that has the advantage of really enjoying all four seasons. I get to spend winter cross-country skiing in the Victorian Alps and summer canoeing down the majestic Murray River, sailing on our lovely lake. Autumn in Bright is spectacular as are the wild flowers in spring.

One of my favourite spots in this area is Mt Buffalo, as anyone that has visited me here in Albury has soon found out. I like to call it ‘my mountain’ and a lot of my photos have been taken on her. It is so special I have even shared my mountain with 400 walkers from Bushwalking Victoria, literally weeks before bushfires devastated Cresta Valley. That is the beauty of Buffalo – it can go from Snow to Fire in a matter of weeks.

Besides photography I'm also a keen tennis playing and even do a bit of Latin American Dancing. When I have time (not very often) I also like to cross country ski (albeit without the camera due to inability to stand upright).

I would like to thank you for spending your time wandering through my precious moments and hope to see you back real soon.

All the best

David.