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Q1. Congratulations on being placed in the competition, what does this mean to you?

It means the world to me. Winning an award on IGPOTY is a great accolade - it's amazing.

Q2. Let’s talk about the context of the photograph. What drew you to the location and subject? What's special about this place?

I grew up with the Karate Kid movie and was inspired by the isolation of the bonsai tree, growing alone on the side of a mountain.

This lone tree, amongst a waterfall, precariously close to life and destruction speaks to me about the fragility of life.

Q3. Did you make a specific journey? What was that like?

Hawaii is a long way to go, but I decided to make a holiday of it. Great place.

Q4. And more specifically, how did you know what to shoot and why?

As soon as I saw this shot I knew it was what I wanted to capture. I spent a few hours waiting for the right light, but got it perfectly in the mid afternoon as the sun started to cast shadows on the fall.

Q5. What was the main challenge in taking this photograph?

There was a lot of moisture in the air and so I had to constantly clean and wipe and protect the lens from droplets.

Q6. From a technical perspective, what did you do to achieve the final shot? Did you use any special equipment or techniques?

I edited the colour in post to present a mix of black and white and colour filtered green

Q7. So we know all about the photograph but what about you as a photographer. Could you tell us about your background?

I'm shy

Q8. Why enter IGPOTY?

It's a fantastic opportunity to showcase photographic talent.

Q9. What are your favourite plants to photograph and why?

I love trees. There's something about the way they grow as fractals of themselves.

Q10. And finally, do you have any advice for budding garden photographers?

Don't be afraid to try something experimental, cause even if it doesn't work, you learn.

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Interview type: General
Interviewer: Curtis Mcglinchey
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