Abe Mora is a New Zealand based photographer whose passion for photography grew from a love of skate boarding, Abe would spend much of his child hood skate boarding the streets of his local town Whakatane, a picturesque coastal town in the eastern Bay of Plenty, photography and skate boarding went hand in hand for Abe and would shape his passion for phtographing in the years to come.
The turning point for Abe's interest in photography came when he and his friend went to Japan for 5 weeks when Abe was 20 to skate and to photograph, this changed the way Abe would shoot and he gained a passion for travel and culture that would become his focus in photography. Abe would use his camera as a tool to get in to places that he otherwise would not have had access and to go to places that he would not usually go.
At the age of 22 Abe and his wife Koreen moved to Melbourne Australia which played a huge part in his development as a photographer, Abe shifted his focus to photographing people, shooting portraits and weddings.
During Abe's time in Australia he got to learn from Three of Australia's Top landscape photographers Les Walkling, Tony Hewwit and Christien Flecture,
which again took Abe down a different path of photography that would make up much of his collection to date.
Abe aims to captivate his audience with a style of Fine Art Photgraphy that is driven by people and the land they live in, photographing anything from portraits of locals in Brighton England to shooting sand dunes in the Shara Desert in Morocco.
Abe believes it is important to know what your subject is and to have a focus, and not to be limited in the way you see and do this, he believes in constantly evolving and pushing the idea of your own limits, he believes much of what he see's through the lens of his camera reflects him as and individual and using photography is his form of expression, and ones ability to express them selves is a life long process that he plans on learning how to perfect and master and this can only be achieved through hard work and patience.
There are many photographers whom Abe looks too for inspiration, one of Abe's favourite quote's come's from Pablo Picasso "Good artists copy, great artists steal."
Some of the photographers Abe is inspired by is Albert Watson,
Joey Lawrence, Steve Mccurry, Hans Strand and even Artists as legendary and Rembrandt.
Abe seeks to be unique with his artistry and believes that this comes through those whom he draws inspiration from.
"The vision of an artist is made up of those things that inspire one to create."