Thank you for visiting my photo blog.
My name is Rick Harvey. I am a photographer living in Invercargill, a city of around 52,000 in Southland in the deep south of New Zealand.
I found my way into photography – or rather back into photography – in 2012 when, for health reasons, I decided to sell my touring motorcycle and look for another past-time.
Like most people I had always had a camera through the years including a couple of Minoltas, a Praktica, a Ricoh, a Panasonic and a Canon – the last two being digital cameras. Generally these cameras were used to take “snapshots” to document trips home and abroad.
The Nikon D5100 I purchased when I sold the motorcycle is now my “main” camera, backed up by a Fujifilm XF1 digital compact. More recently a Canon EOS1000F and a couple of Olympus Trip 35s have found their way into my gear bag as I dabble with 35mm film photography.
I would describe myself as an opportunist photographer – someone who tries to make the ordinary things I see around me appear a little less ordinary – and while it is always nice to have others appreciate the images I produce, my primary goal is to take photographs that make me happy.
To quote American photographer David Beckstead:
“I believe that every time I press the shutter, I create for myself.“
So please browse and hopefully enjoy. I would love to hear your thoughts on anything you see here on rickharvey.nz.