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Non-fiction

These works of non-fiction go back thirty-three years so I haven’t included every publication here, as the list runs into several hundred. Below are a few examples, including cover photography.

articles_voicesHome
Voices of Australia November 2005
Autobiographical, page 25.
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article_bestwomestraveBut I Only Wanted One Photo
The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2008

The true story of the search for just one photo. This is one of those tales where fact really is far more bizarre than fiction. The story was selected from thousands of tales around the world for inclusion in Traveler’s Tales annual book, featuring in the top thirty-five stories for their annual ‘Best Of’ series. Download the original article (please note, this is an unedited submission to the publisher).

 

 

worldandITe Wahipounamu’s Rivers of Ice
The World and I August 2007

Images and feature story on the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers in New Zealand’s World Heritage Area. This comprehensive articles is designed for students and educators at senior high school and university level. It covers geological and natural history, ecology, endemism, glaciology, Maori culture and legends, botany and geomorphology of the area. Key words also include volcanism, plate tectonics. Glossary included in article. This is only available online through a firewall. As the contracted withholding period is now past, the unedited article submitted to the publisher is available here.

 

article_cliffInterview with Cliff Simon
Stargate SG-1 (Titan magazines)   May 2007

From ‘Titan’ magazine: Cliff Simon’s role as the Goa’uld System Lord, Ba’al, has undergone a major metamorphosis since his character was first introduced in season five. Fandemonium author Sonny Whitelaw caught up with Cliff Simon in Sydney, for a glimpse behind the many faces of Stargate SG-1’s most charming villain.

 

 

apShooting at the Gates of Hell
Australian Photography January 2006

Cover image and feature story on how to shoot those National Geographic photos of erupting volcanoes without getting yourself killed.

Photo details:  Nikon F1 + 20mm lens (film – this was pre-digital era). F8-11 and exposure of almost eight minutes. No, that’s not a misprint. The time of night, cloud cover and absolute lack of civilization in any direction meant no ambient light other than what the volcano was producing. Because eruptions come in bursts followed by long, smelly, ash-filled periods of inactivity, you can find yourself in a situation where the shutter is open but you’re endlessly waiting for something to happen. My solution was a cable release to open the shutter just as the furthermost vent erupted. Then  I cupped my hand over the lens until the middle vent began erupting, and did the same again until the vent closest to me in the foreground erupted. When the lava reached the maximum height and began to tumble back inside the vent — you can see this clearly in the ‘fountain effect’ of the red traces — I closed the shutter. Note: I did not touch the lens; I just held my hand very close in order to minimize residual glow and overexposing the film between eruptions. I admit it’s on offbeat — okay, bizarre — technique, but it works. Why not a multiple exposure? That generally requires touching the camera, which, unless you have a 50kg tripod, risks adding to the endless problem of camera shake every time a shockwave from the eruption hits the camera.

geoYasur Volcano
National Geographic  2003.

 

 

 

 

 

isAmbrym, The Land Time Forgot
Island Spirit.
Cover photo and three articles in this edition. I wrote for them for several years while living in Vanuatu.

 

 

 

 

 

pp1The Cook Islands
Dozens of articles published in 1990-1993 in Ansett’s inflight magazine on its Pacific route. This issue also includes the cover photo.

 

 

 

 

 

phousThe Land Divers of Pentecost
Penthouse (FRANCE) 1992 (they really did do great stories).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

buntyThe Angels of Death
Bunty (GERMANY) 1990.
Photo article on traditional rituals in Vanuatu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

fsLa Tour Infernale
France Soir 1989.
Photos and article – Pentecost Jump – the ritual that inspired AJ Hackett to invent bungy jumping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sdVanuatu Down Under
Skindiving 1985.
Cover photo and article.

 

 

 

 

 

 

tawny1Kodak Award for Excellence in Photography
My first publication was to showcase my winning entries in the ‘Faces of Australia’ green theme photographic competition back in the late 1970s, published in Australian Photography. The chicks are young Tawny Frogmouths shot with a 500mm lens. Images don’t look too good scanned in like this, but they weren’t bad at the time (1979), in an era when Photoshop was just a dream in the developers’ eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lost Squadron
Pacific Paradise 1990
Discovery and history of WWII fighter aircraft
Download a scanned copy of the articleOther publications for which I have no images or links as they predate the Internet. The original stories have long since been lost to various cyclones and other natural disasters.

1986-1990

  • Beyond the Dolphin’s smile – the battle to protect Vanuatu’s dolphins from being captured for the aquarium trade.
  • Va’vau – Tonga’s northernmost islands
  • Aitutaki – Cooks Islands northernmost islands
  • Sydney on a Sunday – international transiting in Sydney
  • Anyone for Tucker – the sinking and wreck of the WWII wreck U.S.S. Tucker
  • Accommodation in the Cooks
  • The Milk Run
  • Death of a President – the wreck and dives of the S.S. President Coolidge sunk during WWII
  • The John Frumms – Cargo cult on Tanna Island, Vanuatu

1984-86

  • PACIFIC magazine, (Hawaii) – Vanuatu correspondent (several dozen news articles)
  • VACATIONS magazine – Pentecost Power

1982-1985

SPORTDIVING magazine

  • The Emperors of Escotts – Diving Escott’s Hole, Lord Howe Island
  • Diving at its Best – Diving North Efate, Vanuatu
  • Death of a Lady – diving on the sinking wreck of the M.V.Lady Kathleen 1981

AUSTRALIAN BOATING magazine

  • Lady Musgrave Island

1980

Life on Earth (photography only) BBC  book from the David Attenborough television series of the same name.