So my names Dave Pearce (but you already know that) and I come from Cornwall (you knew that too), but what you might not know is that my partner Becca and I recently moved to the beautiful far away land of New Zealand, where the grass is greener, the surf is better, mountains bigger, the sheep more common and the temperature a lot bloody colder!
I’ve spent many years in France living in the wonderful French Alp’s, was lucky enough to grow up in a stunning Cornwall, lived on the south coast of Spain with my Pop, and even tried my hand at city life in Oxford with my partner Becca, but nothing else, not even being perched precariously on the side of a mountain in the middle of nowhere France can describe the feeling of waking up every morning on the south island of New Zealand.
Its a magical place of endless landscapes, cheery people, illustrious mountain ranges, rolling waves and rich wildlife. Since being here I’ve seen yellow eyed penguins, albatross, possum, deer, wild goat, soooooo many sheep (many of which frequently cause road blocks), seals, sea lions and even a leopard seal (not too be messed with).
I’m currently working as a pizza chef in the coastal city of Dunedin. Situated on the East coast and about two thirds the way down the south island of N.Z, Dunedin makes for cold mornings, epic surfing conditions, easy road trips to either mountains situated behind us, or beautiful forested coastal areas such as the Catlins where the surf is even cleaner and there are less people. To give you guys a rough idea, N.Z has in total some 4 million people, 1,400,000 of which live in Auckland (a north island city), the whole of the south island contains less than a million people and it is much larger in size!
So I’ve taken a photography course to consume all of my extra time here in N.Z, but I love it. I love the buzz I get from taking potentially awesome pictures of beautiful scenes at magical times, like St Clair beach at Dawn, and then racing home to view them on the big screen. I have almost finished my studies now, and have a growing portfolio of work and an ever expanding bag of gear.