My Photography Journey – interview

Recently I was interviewed by Grant Swinbourne on his excellent Landscape Photography World podcast. In the interview I talked about my photography journey over the last thirty years. This included my early years growing up on Sydney Harbour, using my first cameras to capture the beauty of the ocean as well as fishing trips to Australia’s tropical north and Papua New Guinea, and my rediscovery of photography in the 2010s on trips to major cities in North America, Europe and Asia.

Embracing mirrorless, small format cameras, my late in life rediscovery of the joy of photography has grown into a consuming passion as my knowledge of the technical aspects of composition and processing has developed.

In recent years, the pandemic has led me to shift my attention to local seascape and landscape compositions and explore the creative possibilities of hidden waterfalls and the beauty of beaches and headlands at sunrise and sunset. I have also sought to marry my research interest in climate change with photographic projects exploring the fossil fuel industry and its physical impacts on the landscape and society. This includes exploring ways to extend my photographic vision into artistic and abstract compositions which address the realities of the vulnerability of the natural environment and the changing landscape we are now living within.

In the podcast, Grant and I discuss climate change and the challenges we face with it, how I use my imagery in teaching and the way photography has helped me in my career as a climate researcher.

Ep 98 – Alex Noriega Landscape Photography World

A full-time nature photographer and photography educator based in the United States, Alex Noriega embarked on his photography journey in 2010 while living in the Upper Midwest. Originally purchasing a camera for online sales, he quickly became captivated by the art of photography. Initially focusing on architecture and portraiture, his life took a transformative turn in 2011 during a road trip to California. Witnessing the majestic mountains and deserts of the West firsthand, previously known only through media, sparked a deep inspiration within him.   Relocating to California that same year and eventually settling in Oregon by 2012, he made the decision to dedicate himself exclusively to nature photography. Exploring the captivating landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, he gradually embarked on longer excursions to the desert Southwest, where he found his greatest inspiration. Living as a full-time nomad alongside his girlfriend from 2019 to 2023, they traveled across the American West in their travel trailer. However, their love for the desert eventually led them to establish a home base in Southwestern Utah, near Zion National Park.   With his photographs, he aims to evoke a sense of mystery and ignite the viewer's imagination. While initially gaining recognition for grand landscapes, he now finds himself drawn to more subtle and intimate scenes. Drawing inspiration from the timeless compositions of film masters, he blends the essence of classic styles with contemporary techniques to create his unique body of work. We talk about his time living in an RV, his shift from architecture to natural landscapes and how his style evolved into its present form along with much more! I hope you enjoy the show!   You can find Alex's work here: Website: Instagram: Twitter: Facebook: Vero:   Listen to this and other episodes wherever you find your podcasts or on   Or subscribe to my YouTube channel   Theme music: Liturgy Of The Street by Shane Ivers –   #podcast #landscapephotography
  1. Ep 98 – Alex Noriega
  2. Ep 96 – Tim Ritchie
  3. Ep 95 – Ren McGann
  4. Ep 94 – TJ Thorne
  5. Ep 93 – Franka Gabler

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