TPL: Tony please tell us about yourself? When did you start getting into photography?
TR: I am an Australian photographer (from Melbourne originally) living in the North Island of New Zealand for the past 12 years. I am also a dad to three girls, so juggling time has become an art form.
I started photography later in life, in early 2000, did some short courses at tech, was a wedding photographer's assistant (didn’t last long), then a commercial photographer's assistant, did some more formal college study (two goes at that), then some time at press photography, starting at local papers, working up to the daily's. So it would be fair to say, I had done and tried a bit of everything, before finding what I wanted to do, documentary and portrait photography.
Add to all the above a few years spent walking the streets of Melbourne taking photos of people and whatever interested me, usually light and shadow, all on black and white film. I tend to look and observe, and capture images when something catches my eye, the light, shapes, shadows, colour, or interesting people, things that would make a great environmental portrait, or stories that can make great documentary. I usually don’t take a lot of images every time I am out shooting, and I shoot to the mood of the area I am in.
I have exhibited my work since 2000, mainly solo shows, in Australia and New Zealand, and have bodies of work held in collections of various national and state organisations in Australia. I have shown work at international photo festivals and had my work featured on radio, television, and in print.