Ant Green is a young New Zealand photographer who has recently taken a journey through South East Asia exploring the depths of Vietnam, Thailand, Lao and Indonesia. Ant is an architecture graduate who thrives when submerged in the ocean or the mountains. His style is an expression of how these spaces affect us mentally and physically. I caught up with him over a few beers and asked him a few questions. Check out his answers below.
1. Name, age, location:
Ant Green, 23 Years Old, Auckland (for now)
2. Whats your first memory of being in the outdoors?
Skiing at Mt Ruapehu would probably be my first memory of being in the outdoors. I remember the times when the weather packed in, which Mt Ruapehu is pretty famous for, and trying to make it back to the hut in a white out.
3. Where are you most at peace, ocean or mountains?
What a tough question, I think each have their time and place depending on the different factors of that day such as the weather, the mates you are with and the conditions etc. But at this point in time I would have to say the ocean, love how dynamic the ocean is. It’s never the same.
4. What gets you out of bed every morning?
My alarm clock
5. Whats your normal breakfast and how do you have your coffee, if any?
These days it’s a bowl of muesli, some yogurt if it’s there, and a banana. Really enjoy a good flat white.
6. What did you want to be doing when you were a kid? How does that differ from what your doing now?
When I was little I wanted to be an Astronaut, but today I don’t have any desire to go into space, I would rather explore the beautiful nature and the incredible places that there is left to explore back on earth. After I grew out of the Astronaut phase I wanted to be an artist but was told you can’t make a living as an artist, so over time the direction changed to architecture. Right now I am practicing architecture but I am slowly redirecting back towards the artist dream I think.
7. Who inspires you?
I am inspired by people who are living out their passions and dreams. People who are doing something different from the standard rat race thing. People who have a good story to tell! Besides people every visit back into nature inspires me, there’s a lot to learn about life and living by having an intimate experience with the outdoors.
8. Who keeps you grounded?
My family and girlfriend Christina.
9. Where is your favourite place in New Zealand?
Don’t think I could narrow that one down. But somewhere by the coastline or in the mountains away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. I have enjoyed exploring Tongiriro National Park and the Waitakere ranges this year though.
10. Where is your favourite place in the world?
New Zealand for sure.
11. What beer are you currently drinking?
I am currently drinking an Export 33 because that’s what was in the fridge, but I enjoy something hoppy or a pilsner usually.
12. What message to have for people reading this?
My message would be for people who have had a dream, goal or desire to do something but have kept putting it off because it may be unrealistic, to hard or told they can’t do it, to take that first step, after that first step you will be amazed on how easy it is to continue on for that second step. Quite often you hear people say “I wish I could have a holiday”, or “I hate my job”, or “I want to do this or that more”. I wish I could shake these people to wake up. Its really not that hard once you stop and think about achieving these things, we tend to over complicate stuff. Finding like-minded people with similar visions and dreams really help you accomplish your projects and dreams.