My name is Al Ingham. This is my site.
I am a fulltime husband, a registered teacher, amateur photographer, web site hobbyist, repressed artist, and worshipper of Christ.
I grew up and still live in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. Since 6th Form I have known that my calling was to be a teacher, and so set about doing that. The first 3 years out of school I went to The Learning Connexion, Island Bay, to study Art. I focussed on Painting and Computer Graphics. At the end of my time there, I enrolled at Victoria University to study the BA/BTeach 4 year degree. I graduated in 2009, was relief teaching from 2010, and got my first full time job at the end of that year. I currently teach a bunch of 9 and 10 year olds in a small but vibrant school.
Photography & Music
In 2010, after becoming very annoyed and disconcerted with the “Art world”, which was celebrating mediocrity and the stupid with exorbitant price tags, as well as the general pomp and long nose viewpoint that goes with it, I decided to focus my creativity in two main areas of life.
One was to focus on my music and worship. I began worship leading at church, and I went about setting up a small home studio in one of the bedrooms downstairs.
The other was to get more into my photography. I had always had an interest in being a bit artistic with my photographer, and a point and shoot was doing a good job for a while. But I wanted to get a bit better, use some half decent gear to take the visual place of my artworks. Ever since I have been juggling the two, spending time writing songs, and other time heading out on photo trips to try and capture this beautiful country.
Other things that take my interest are computers, especially web design. I currently manage a few websites, and the majority of sites I have built are my own, but also have done a few for close friends. I am a regular Tweeter, and it’d be great if you wanted to follow me. I also own a Mini, which is my life long dream car to own and drive. It comes with it’s problems, but nothing that a few dollars and a few weekend tinkerings with my brother can’t fix. I have two cats, and enjoy their independence, but also their cuddles.
In 2010 I married the love of my life. We had been together for 4 years and it was about time. It was actually a year for weddings, having gone to 6 of our friends weddings before embarking on our own. We got married in a small ceremony with just our immediate family, our pastors who married us, and a family friend who took our photos. We didn’t tell anyone (no one from church, work, extended family, friends!) prior to the ceremony and really enjoyed receiving all the “congratulation” texts on our honeymoon. By the end of that year, we were proud new homeowners, living next door to two friends I had met through Boys’ Brigade.
Boys’ Brigade has been a big part of my life. I joined when I was 8, a Queens’ Man by the age of 18, Leader from 19, Company Section Head Officer at 23, and Company Captain at 25. In 2012, I stepped down from leadership in Boys’ Brigade.