Over the past three decades I have written hundreds of partwork articles on a diverse range of topics, from aardvarks to art. I’ve also written more than a dozen non-fiction books, for private clients and for publishers including Blackwell & Ruth, Penguin Random House NZ, Dorling Kindersley, Heinemann and New Holland. Some of these feature my own photography. Here is a selection.
Endangered by Tim Flach (Blackwell & Ruth / Abrams, 2017). I wrote the back-stories in this massive-format photographic work. Lyrically charged essays by Sam Wells punctuate the photography, while my ‘thumbnail’ texts carry the detail behind each species’ circumstances in the wild. The writing, stretching over a couple months, required an intensive period of research into each animal to distil the information into powerful stories. Hardback, full colour, 336 pages.
Starship: Inside our national children’s hospital (Random House, 2014). I ghostwrote this title, working closely with the editor (oncologist Lochie Teague) and other staff from the hospital. It provided a fascinating insight into a world that, frankly, most people hope never to see. Having had a short-run printing, the book is no longer available from the publisher but can be found online. Hardback, full colour, 280 pages.
Rail: 150 years of rail in New Zealand (Penguin Books NZ, 2014). Working closely with the Museum of Transport & Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland, I wrote and picture-researched this title, sourcing images from various archives around the country. I also shot a number of the images at MOTAT. Hardback, full colour, 256 pages.