Rod was born in Sydney and was introduced to the arid inland of Australia as a teenager in a series of epic car holidays to Central Australia, Northern Queensland and Western Australia. The deserts, their isolated ranges and their mineral riches led him to a career as a mineral exploration geologist. Perhaps living and working in the desert prepared him for a later exploration of historic Islamic architecture.
Rod's first encounter with Islamic architecture was in Urfa, the reputed birthplace of Abraham in south-eastern Turkey, in 2012. The beautiful mosque now at the site inspired Rod to undertake a photographic survey of Islamic architecture within Persia / Iran in 2014 and 2015 followed by Morocco and Tunisia in 2016 and 2018. The project is continuing and Rod intends to expand his coverage into other regions.
Rod explores historic Islamic architecture from the perspective of formal architectural photography. He seeks to represent the architecture accurately and cleanly while highlighting its key themes and motifs. Rod's intention is to replicate, to the fullest extent possible, the sense of presence he feels from the subject, up close, 'feeling, as it were, its breath upon me'.
Rod hopes that his photographs might provide insights and encourage respect between people of differing cultures.
Rod uses the classic tools of architectural photography: a technical camera capable of large parallel lens shifts and lenses having over-sized image circles. These enable him to image large structures at close range without the distortions of convergence and tilting that arise with normal cameras.
Travelling independently and gaining access into restricted sites with a strange metal device mounted on a substantial tripod presents many challenges. The lasting rewards, however, are undistorted, quietly elegant and richly detailed portraits of some of the world's most amazing architecture.
Enquiries regarding licensing of images or purchase of prints made to archival standards are most welcome. Contact Rod at [email protected]