Photography is in my genes. My great-grandparents, Alfred and Agnes Robottom, were professional portrait and landscape photographers in New Zealand in the 19th Century. My father, John McMahon, was a very good amateur photographer with a passion for Kodachrome.
I started to take photographs in my teens – shooting odd experimental portraits – always gritty, black and white. Inspired by Andre Kertesz, Man Ray and Bill Brandt – Nikon F and Rollei TLR. Later years were absorbed with travel, street and landscape. Almost exclusively B&W with mostly Leica M, Mamiya 7 and X-pan.
My current work is primarily portraiture (studio and environmental) where I aim to capture moments of emotional vulnerability and truth, and land / urbanscape. Colour and B&W, mainly Medium Format and Technical cameras.