An Early Work

One benefit of my work showing up in auctions
as it often does is that I sometimes see images that
are quite rare, and not often seen.
In the latest Webbs catalogue I
have seven prints for sale.
I have no idea where they
have been all these years.
Amongst the seven there is this portrait
which is one of my favourites out of all the
photographs that I have ever taken.
I don’t know how many prints of this
image are in existence but it is probably
only 3 or 4.
I’m not sure of the exact date that I took
this photo but it was probably about
In 1981 Sheridan Keith wrote an essay on my work, entitled Frontierland,
which was published in London Magazine,
illustrated below. It is a powerful piece of writing.

Erika Parkinson, to whom I was married at the time,
said to me one day that she had met a woman with
a very interesting face and perhaps
she would be a good subject for a portrait.
Upon meeting her I agreed, and Donna Yuzwalk very kindly
volunteered to sit for me, although sit seems a
rather strange word to use in this case.
So here Donna is, standing in front of a river
in Kaukapakapa. Why a river? Well, for some
reason I was going through a phase where
I was hoping to take photos to illustrate
some of the poems that I had learnt by
heart as a schoolboy. In this case you are
looking at The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Lord Tennyson.