Awards (So far)
Gold Medal Trierenberg Austria Special Themes Curcuit 2015 for "Kata Tjuta Sunset"
NCC Bronz Medal Swiss International "PHOTO CONTEST" 2015 for "Lake Moogerah Morning".
QIDC Salon Silver and QIDC Honorable Mention, 2nd Queensland International Digital Circuit for "Time Suspended".
Photographic Society of Queensland Honorable Mention, 2nd Queensland International Digital Circuit for "Greenland Mountains and Ice".
Australian Photographic Society Merit Award, 2nd Queensland International Digital Circuit for "The Barefoot Farmer"
Third Queensland International Digital Circuit (QIDC) Honourable Mention for "Coming Up for Air".
Mt. Gravatt Photographic Society, R.D.Pattison Memorial Trophy awarded for "Landscape of the Year" 2013.
Mt Gravatt Photographic Society, 2014 Print Images 1st Place A Grade
Mt Gravatt Photographic Society, 2016 A Grade Gold Print competition 1st place.
Mt Gravatt Photographic Society, 2016 A Grade Gold Digital competition 2nd place.
Mt. Gravatt Photographic Society (MGPS), "Monochrome Print of the Year" 2014.
First place Monochrome Print Restricted at the Queensland Royal National Association (EKKA) fine art photography competition for "The Bride".
Second place Colour Prints at the Queensland Royal National Association (EKKA) fine art photography competition for "Time Suspended".
Third place Monochrome Prints at the Queensland Royal National Association (EKKA) fine art photography competition for "Old Cart and Fog"
Third place Monochrome Print Restricted at the Queensland Royal National Association (EKKA) fine art photography competition for "Kiriwina Girl".
Fourth place Colour Prints at the Queensland Royal National Association (EKKA) fine art photography competition for "Rabaul Harbour Volcano 3"
Fifth place Colour Prints Restricted at the Queensland Royal National Association (EKKA) fine art photography competition for "Ittoqqortoormiit Village".
MGPS Print of the month for April, June, August, and October 2013.
MGPS Projected image of the month March 2014.
Photography has been a passion for me for most of my life. In my early years I was strongly influenced by my father who was a keen amateur photographer. Watching the black and white prints appear before my eyes in the developing tray in the darkroom at our house in Warwick, QLD , Australia was like magic to a young boy. In my early days as a photographer I was influenced strongly by the work and techniques of the famous landscape photographer Ansel Adams. As a professional physicist I was impressed the Zone System that Adams developed to produce high quality photography prints. My background as a physicist also gives me a deep understanding the optics and mechanics of modern cameras and techniques and processes involved in digital imaging. I studied in detail the three major books by Ansel Adams, "The Camera", "The Negative and "The Print" Other influences include Henri Cartier-Bresson and the famous Australian World War I and Antarctic photographer Frank Hurley. In the 1980's I setup my own photographic darkroom and started to process my own monochrome and colour Cibachrome prints. My photographic philosophy is in line with that of Ansel Adams when he likens the production of a fine art photographic print to the playing of a symphony by an orchestra. The camera is like a musical instrument, it can do nothing unless it is played well. The negative or in our case the digital negative, is like the musical score, the basic information is there but it must be interpreted to produce the fine art print. Finally the production of the print is likened to the performance of the symphony. Every nuance of the negative must be developed to produce in the fine art print what the photographer saw in his mind's eye.
The most significant photographic project in which I have been involved in the last few years is the Legacy of Light Exhibition. The photographic exhibition "A legacy of Light, Five Generations of Photographers 1863 - 2012" was a concept developed in conjunction with my sister Kate Colfs and brother Paul Doody. It traces the development of photography in our family from the time my great grandfather Christopher Roggenkamp arrived from Germany in 1863 and set up a photographic business in Warwick, QLD. The five generations include: Christopher Roggenkamp, his son Norman Roggenkamp my grandfather, Kevin Doody my father, Kate Colfs, Paul Doody and Myself and my son Patrick. Following the exhibitions successful showing in Warwick it was taken up by ArtsLink QLD as a travelling exhibition to be shown throughout the state. I have worked as a fashion and portrait photographer and in my early days I worked as a wedding photography. My interest includes adapting Ansel Adams "Zone System" to the digital domain.