In the early 1990s, the Forrester Gallery director Warwick Smith invited me to photograph a project on the people of North Otago.

At the time I was the photographer on the Oamaru Mail newspaper and after some discussion it seemed appropriate that the project could focus on the lives of the males in the community. One year later the project, a collection of 48 black and white portraits and documentary images opened at the Forrester Gallery and later toured several centres in the South Island.

The project is now part of the Forrester Gallery's permanent collection.