Patience, persistence pay off in photographs

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Capturing a perfect moment in time is the aim of photographer Cory Marshall, of Wanaka.

To achieve that elusive shot, Marshall is willing to wait in the wind, snow and rain at some of the most remote places in the country for days on end.

Marshall grew up in California, outside San Francisco.
‘‘I spent quite a lot of time going up to the mountains and Lake Tahoe and that is probably where my love of the mountains came from,’’ he said.

He went to university in Boulder, Colorado, spending about seven years between his studies snowboarding and hiking.
He graduated with a degree in sociology but a gift of a camera took his future in a different direction.
‘‘It is a fun degree but not super useful to what I do now.’’

He began travelling, exploring Europe and Southeast Asia, working jobs including teaching scuba diving, while becoming proficient with the camera.

Soon his trips became focused on photography, choosing places and times of day to capture the perfect moment, ‘‘camping out for a couple of days waiting for the right sunset or the right light’’.

He used editing software and combined images to create the perfect photo, but his aim was not to deceive, instead to represent that moment in time in the best possible light.
‘‘It is trying to show people what it could look like at the best time that I see it at.’’

He moved to New Zealand about three years ago.
‘‘I just got my residency last year and my wife is a New Zealand citizen as well, so it is quite nice.’’

Marshall preserves his photos by printing them on to metal — a system not common in New Zealand. People were ‘‘amazed at how clear it is and how sharp the picture is’’, he said.

The process involves printing on paper which is then laid against a metal sheet, pressed and heated. The ink ‘‘goes from a solid to a gas and then back into a solid’’. ‘‘I still think it is magic. ‘‘I don’t understand how it stays so sharp when it is like changing states.’’