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Having purchased my Olympus OM-10, I embarked on a journey which still fascinates me to this day, although that journey has morphed in time, as you will find out much later… The OM-10 came with a Manual Adapter. I was assured by the salesperson that this allowed me full Manual control. I was to find […]Read more "My Photographic Journey – Part 2"
Joining Toastmasters International has affected my life in many positive ways and opened up a lot of opportunities that would not have been there had I not taken that step, and continued the journey. From my first speech at a Toastmasters Club meeting (where I could not sleep the night before and could hardly eat on […]Read more "Opportunity Awaits!"
Back in 1986 I joined Campbelltown Camera Club (now known as Macarthur Photographic Society). After 4 years there I was asked if wanted to present a talk on ‘Close-Up & Still-Life’ Photography. Apart from a basic Presentation Skills course, I had never done any Public Speaking courses. Over time, I did some other Camera Club presentations […]Read more "Public Speaking In Your Pocket!"
It is a pleasant surprise when reading the news, to come across a ‘good news’ story, because as we know ’The News’ is often filled with depressing stories, fact and opinion. For some time now, I’ve been accessing my News via ‘Google News’, which allows me to set up filters on things that I am […]Read more "The Human Spirit"
People find their paths into Photography in many different ways. For some it is by virtue as a camera as a present; others are enticed by one of their peers; some choose it as a career. Many years ago (while I was at school) I was building Airfix model plane kits and I used to […]Read more "My Photographic Journey – Part 1"
Over the years, I have visited Joadja Creek, which is an old Shale mining town in the Southern Highlands of NSW Australia. I had been down there 3 times before dating back to the 1980’s however I had not been there for some 12 years when I ventured down there in 2014. Although some restorative […]Read more "Joadja, Thank You For The Inspiration!"
When you go out to photograph, what ‘state of mind’ are you in? Do you go out with an idea in mind, or do you ‘free-wheel?’ Both approaches are valid, depending on what you want to achieve. I have to say that for many years I would either pick a subject e.g. I might choose […]Read more "State Of Mind"
One of the things that happened when I first started using a camera to explore the world was that I started to become more aware of what was around me. Initially, this was only on a conscious level. Gradually, over time I trained my eye to seek out things that which others would walk straight […]Read more "Awareness + Personal Vision + Imagination"
“Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on Earth filled with glory.” Betty Smith – A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Take the time to walk around your local area. Photographing in the early morning or late afternoon can often reveal very […]Read more "Awareness"
One of my favourite books on my Art shelf is “Styles, Schools and Movements” The Essential Encyclopaedic Guide to Modern Art by Amy Dempsey. Commencing with Art in 1860 to the present day, it explores 100 styles, schools and movements in depth and contains a brief description of 200 more. Each chapter includes a headlining […]Read more "Styles, Schools and Movements"
I was leafing through an old photography book and I came across the above quote by Ernst Haas. He was (and remains) a great influence on me. There are quite literally millions of things to photograph and no photographer could rightly claim to have photographed everything there is, however we do not need to. I […]Read more "“I am not interested in shooting new things, I am interested to see things new.” Ernst Haas"