A photo compliment committed to skin!

December 16th, 2011 § 4

Some things stand out in my working photographic career; but having a photo tattooed onto skin, as a living memorial, has to be a remarkable compliment.

NZ Falcon photo tattoo

Nick Johns contacted me for permission to use a photo as a memorial to his brother.  Some things cross boundaries, and this does for me – creating an image someone feels is good enough to permanently etch onto their body in honour of someone they have lost, is very humbling. New Zealand falcon photograph

Nick wanted to tell everyone that his brother died as a consequence of drug addiction. ” We are all addicted to something in this life.  But the trouble with drugs for the addict is they progress, as Tim did from the so called harmless drugs, Marijuana etc to eventually the hard drugs, in Tim’s case Methamphetamine.  The only good thing to come out of this, is it has shown the next generation in our families how drugs will destroy lives. It destroyed their awesome Uncle Tim whom they all loved so very much.”

Thank you Nick for wanting to share this, and for creating a very humbling experience for me, from what is a very sad experience and loss for you.  We’d both love to hear your comments if you’d like to post any here.

You can learn more about how the image was originally captured for the cover of NZ Geographic Magazine, and how it was also used by a church with a great sense of humour.  There are more photos of this remarkable species, the New Zealand Falcon, here, and we’ve created a special quality canvas print.  Further, we selected it to be used as preface to Majestic New Zealand book because it’s a special shot that captures the essence of a remarkable but endangered creature.

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§ 4 Responses to “A photo compliment committed to skin!”

  • Ms Kate says:

    Aww what a lovely tribute, that’s lovely.

  • Steven says:

    Wow Rob. That is special

  • Steve Corlett (Stumpy) says:

    Hi Rob

    Rob it is great to hear you are doing so well. I hear you might be at the 75th NZDA conference. It will be great to catch up.

    Cheers

    Stumpy

  • Scott says:

    Wow! I actually have a tattoo also based on one of the images in this sequence, it was done at a similar time. I chose the falcon to honour my connection to New Zeland and its landscape and i wanted something a unique. As it turns out its no longer so unique but i love it anyway!

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