Justine Kirby was born and raised in the South Island of New Zealand. After moving to New York City for what was to be two or three years, she took the opportunity to travel to a few countries. That was more than 20 years ago. Justine, now a longtime New Yorker, has traveled to more than 150 countries. After a two-year timeout from international travel due to the pandemic, Justine has again started to visit new countries.
Justine's interest in photography has grown with her interest in travel. For many years, like most people, photography was a means of recording what she saw in different places. More recently, Justine has devoted more time to learning about photography. The following (shamelessly pilfered) quote sums up how she now thinks about it: "Don't take pictures of interesting things; make interesting pictures of things."
Justine has attended many photography courses, photography workshops and photo safaris, including in:
- New York (PhotoUno; International Center of Photography)
- Washington, DC (Capital Photography Center; Washington Photo Safari)
- Siem Reap (Angkor Travel Photography) and
- Paris (David Henry).
When she's not traveling the world, Justine works as an in-house lawyer in the financial services industry. She enjoys indoor rowing and learning French. Justine has undergraduate degrees in law and in commerce (economics and math) from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School.