Rust on Concrete
Having walked past this house several times a week for the last seven years, I've always enjoyed the 'old-fashioned original look' to this beach house in Caloundra. But it took one exceptionally hot afternoon this week to stop pushing my step-daughter's wheelchair up the steep hill for a break, to notice the gate and abstract 'dot' painting effect the rust had made in the concrete. I love how life presents a different perspective for us.
20th Wedding Anniversary
Late last year, we got a phone call from Terry saying that their 20th anniversary was coming up in January, and he'd like to order a wall portrait from their wedding that Robyn photographed - 20 years ago.
Having moved studio locations several times in that period, Robyn has always carefully moved her negatives and file collection with her.
Describing himself as a native New Yorker, Elah Village is always full of interesting ideas and happy to share them with anyone. I met him about 18 years ago when he had a computer store in Caloundra. Last year when I saw him down the main street, he told me about an operation he had to have.
Melbourne Industrial - Gold Award
Being a photographer means that I never get to 'go to work' as I love what I do so much.
On the other hand, it also means that when I'm on a weekend away with friends, that I still keep photographing. Returning the hire car at the airport, I saw this interesting skyline, waded down through the long grass to get a low angle, while the shuttle bus was ready to go with everyone in it. Last weekend was the QLD Epson AIPP Professional Photography Awards - This image scored a Gold Award from a panel of five judges.
It's National Family Portrait Month in May and we are one of the chosen photographers that are donating our time and talent to take photos of YOUR family and help raise $20,000 to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Last month I volunteered to help out at Warlukurlangu - an Aboriginal artists community at Yuendumu.
It is approximately 300km North West of Alice Springs in Central Australia, on the edge of the Tanami Desert. This group have been producing gloriously vibrant coloured artwork and supporting the community since 1985.
There was a call out to all photographers to meet at dawn to photograph the remains of the SS Dicky in situ for perhaps the last time. It has been a source of inspiration to hundreds of photographers over the years and I've used it as a prop for family portraits. It was fun to be part of the 30 photographers that turned up in the dark to pay homage to this local icon. The SS Dicky was an iron steamboat, which ran aground in heavy seas on February 4, 1893.
Judy Napangardi Watson
Being named as a Finalist in the prestigious Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture is a huge honour.
The judge was Stephen Dupont, a legendary photographer and documentary filmmaker, who also presented a talk on his photography prior to the opening night event at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre in Murwillumbah, NSW.
Paris in Autumn
Some of the trees had just started to turn golden on their way into winter.
I'd visited the Australian Embassy and the Musée du quai Branly - which features indigenous art and culture.
Both were either side of the Eiffel Tower, so I circumstantially came across this more 'local' angle of this famous landmark.
Inspiration and serendipity provided by nature - with the unusual opportunity provided by the nesting peregrine falcons outside our kitchen window, there has been a supply of rainbow lorikeet feathers. I'm fascinated by the delightful designs and colour combinations, each feather a work of art in itself.
This latest collection I'd picked up outside, arranged them in length and colour order on our kitchen bench.
The Classical Portrait
While I love being creative and using my studio for interesting and unusual lighting, I know there is also an important place for a classical portrait. Think of the Mona Lisa, possibly the world's most famous portrait - posing elegantly with her serious yet enigmatic expression.
The classical portrait can be viewed repeatedly, allowing you to look into the face, perhaps even put your own interpretation on the expression and have a dialogue with the sitter.
Happy New Year
Sydney Harbour Bridge is the iconic landmark used tonight to celebrate the start of a new year. The fireworks are spectacular and talked about around the world. My husband and I were lucky enough to be able to fly the helicopter over it and capture the view few get to experience.
Two groups of climbers are waving back at us from the bridge. Sydney is a glorious city - with the harbour setting showing off at it's best as a sailing boat and a couple of seagulls complete the scene.