Behind the lens

Mickey Ross: Moments and Situations



Where are you based?

Wanaka, New Zealand

How do you make a living?

I’m an adventure/travel and wedding photographer

What camera do you use?

I use Nikon for both film and digital slr and a rollieflex for medium format film

How has travel made an impact on your life?

Travel has shaped who I am. I’ve spent most of my life chasing winters and snow. Now it’s good to live in one place but still be able to travel for work and for shorter travel missions. I guess now I seek out moments and light instead of snow.

What is your relationship to travel/adventure, and what does it mean to you?

Traveling has definitely opened my eyes and made me appreciate where I live more and more so right now I’m pretty stoked to be doing some local mini travel adventures to places I haven’t seen that are nearby.

Salar De Uynuni, Bolivia This is a cactus infested island called Incahuasi in the middle of the largest Salt Flat in the world. The island is great change from the never ending salt flats.  Located in the South of Bolivia the Salar Deuyuni is 3,656m above sea level. (35mm Kodak Ektar 100 film)

Road tripping New Zealand with friends a few years back. This has become an iconic photograph spot as the road points straight towards spectacular Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. 35mm Kodak Portra 400 film

Setting Moon, Revelstoke Canada 2011. Watching the moon approach the horizon I realised this was going to make for a pretty good shot as i saw the silhouettes of the trees start to glow. Revelstoke is a small town located in one of Canada’s best powder havens – Rogers Pass.

Snorkling near the Gilli islands in Indonesia. This was actually my first time snorkelling in tropical water – a new world with the slow moving turtles being my favorite.

Sunset on Lombok island, Indonesia after a surf session. We formed a small crew that hung out in the South of Lombok island surfing and exploring on scooters as much as we could before heading to the Islands highest volcano Mt Rinjani.

La Paz Bolivia. The crazy contrast in environment from my home town hit me as I looked down from El Alto into La Paz. The previous night I’d flown from Wanaka’s near sea level elevation to El Alto’s 4000m international airport. The altitude induced a hangover like weakness and fog that stayed with me most of my time in La Paz

Travelling into the Volcanic landscapes from the Salar De Uyuni salt flats takes you from the stark white salt Flats to the otherworldly mars like colours of the surrounding mountains. We spent 3 day’s traveling through them with our local guide in his Toyota Landcruiser which barely made it back, the last 100km being driven with no brakes.

Surfing at sunset in the south of Lombok island, Indonesia. The golden light last for hours compared to in the mountains I’m used to.

The markings on the dried salt surface of the Salar De Uyuni cover the whole expanse of the salt flats. The blank canvas the salt provides is pretty much a photographers dream. At some points during the year the whole surface is covered in a thin layer of water which makes for epic reflections.

Sindang Gila Waterfall at the base of Mt Rinjani, Lombok, Indonesia. The Mt Rinjani hike takes you from 1000m up to 3726m above sea level. We hiked into this waterfall on the first day of the trek for a refreshing swim before heading up the Volcano.