Writing a Bio is a difficult thing. You are trying to describe yourself. Reviewing this I have decided to change from describing "him" to talking about myself. Because it is my own story. 

I have been taking pictures for all my life. But in the last two years photography has become the main creative anchor point in my life. It is fulfilment. It is immensely satisfying. 

On the other hand I write poems as another way of expressing myself. And writing comes more naturally to me. For photography I need to work harder. And the path was longer and more winding. 


I was born in Germany and lived there for 49 years until 2009. After changing to New Zealand the country's landscape and nature became a major source of inspiration. Finding a photographic style and expressing thoughts and visions and feelings in my images was certainly influenced by this environment. 
Recently Athens has become another place and source of inspiration. I love-hate this city. And it has so many facets that invite a photographer. And since January 2016 I live here. When I am not at work. 


By profession I am a medical doctor. I have been working as a Palliative Medicine specialist for about 15 years. Until end of 2015 I worked at a hospice in New Zealand. Now I do locum work as a specialist doctor in the UK and New Zealand. 


I had an exhibition at City Art Gallery Invercargill in New Zealand in 2014 under the title 'No Way Out'. The exhibition shows the interior of the Felix Nussbaum House, a museum in Osnabrück, Germany that reflects on the life of this extraordinary German painter. Please click the link to watch the exhibited images. https://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisrsouthland/albums/72157659017823424

In 2013 I contributed images to BlackBox Gallery exhibitions in Portland/Oregon US. http://blackboxgallery.com 

I am aiming at getting in touch with further galleries and to plan exhibitions in New Zealand, Greece and other countries.