Casey is a UK based photographer of New Zealand descent. He shoots on a wide variety of film cameras, everything from 35mm to large format 10x8, and his work celebrates our interconnectedness with the cosmos through the search for a universal aesthetic. Casey prints his own black and white images from his darkroom, which can get as large as 60 x 40 inch. There are just a couple of artists left in the UK with the equipment to make hand prints at this scale.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?:
North Piha Beach, New Zealand.
Which living person do you most admire?:
My wife. Really, she brings the world to life in a way that I could not enjoy if I wasn't with her.
What is your greatest extravagance?:
10x8 film and a 30m roll of Bergger photographic paper.
What is your current state of mind?:
A desire to connect.
Which talent would you most like to have?:
I can't play a musical instrument or sing a note. I would like to sing like Jeff Buckley and Donny Hathaway combined, just somehow avoiding the sad ending.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?:
I would like to have a better memory. I would like to have a memory with layers of complexity like a great book rather than my actual memory which is more like morse code.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?:
I would like to come back as a Kauri tree. It's a huge tree native to New Zealand. I would like to experience the sensation of stillness, of having roots descending a hundred meters into the earth and to feel a different sense of time. They can live for 3000 years.
Where would you most like to live?:
I am happy wherever I am. I could live anywhere.
What is your most treasured possession?:
I'd like to list two. My wedding ring and my 10x8 De Vere enlarger, extended version.
What is your favorite occupation?:
What is your most marked characteristic?:
I'm really good at data entry.
What do you most value in your friends?:
Flexibility to meet up at the drop of a hat.
Who is your hero of fiction?:
Danny Champion of the World.
Who are your heroes in real life?:
What is your greatest regret?:
I wish I tried harder at maths. I would like to be able to tackle complex algebra and perhaps I could have gone on and studied quantum mechanics.
What is your motto?:
'Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible.' Edwin Land, inventor instant photography and the Polaroid camera.