About

I love to communicate via photography, the spoken word, poetry, writing & painting!

I’m a ‘born Introvert’ however over the past 25 years through getting involved in club committees, becoming involved in Toastmasters International and through the support of my wife I have gained more confidence around people and am probably now an ‘Ambivert.’

  • Married to Susan Johnson for 20 years. 
  • Communication Strategist for Solutions4GrowthPhotographer @ Light Inspired
  • Public Speaker

PHOTOGRAPHY: Since 1982

  • Light Inspired; Fine Art Photography since 2012
  • Macarthur Photographic Society Inc member 1986 – 2014
  • Photographic Judge: up to National level since 1995
  • Southern Highlands Photographic Society Inc (founding member) 2004 – 2016
  • Sydney International Exhibition: A 1st Place & Acceptances over a 10 year period
  • Sutherland Shire National: A 3rd Place plus Acceptances over a 10 year period
  • Macarthur Photographic Society /Southern Highlands Photographic Society: Various Club awards including Top Shot (5); Image of the Year, Photographer of the Year (3)
  • MPS Club record holder (204) for Merits for Slides as well as other Club awards.

PUBLIC SPEAKING: Joined Toastmasters International as a way to improve my presentation skills as a photographic judge and gain more confidence generally. It has positively affected my life in many different ways.

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL: Since 2008

Current level:  Advanced Communicator Silver/Advanced Leader Bronze

  • Campbelltown Toastmasters 2008 – 2014
  • PresidentImmediate Past PresidentVP Education; VP MembershipVP Public Relations;  Youth Leadership Co-ordinator
  • Club & Area 22 International Speech Contest Winner for 2013 & 2014
  • The Grange Toastmasters 2015 – 2016
  • Camden Toastmasters – joined 2014
  • Vice-President Public Relations 2017/2018
  • Co-Sponsor of a new Toastmaster Club in Area 22 scheduled to open in 2008
  • Serving on an HPL (High-Performance Leadership) Guidance Committee 2017/2018

POETRY: (Writing) since 2013

As far back as I can remember, I enjoyed reading Poetry. On a whim in August 2013 I wrote a poem. Some of my poems are autobiographical, some semi-autobiographical. Others are about how I feel about things, or are about things or I imagine things and write about them. I’ve written approx. 300 poems, all for fun!

WRITING: Since 2013

Short articles on things that interest me and observations on life. Photography Blog giving tips, exhibition reviews, thoughts on books & photographic subjects. 

PAINTING: Learning Oil Painting & enjoy dabbling with Acrylic & Watercolour occasionally.

Other Art-related: Occasionally – drawing/sketching/Calligraphy/Pencil/Oil Pastels & Inktense Pencil

Networking: Regularly mix with business owners at networking events & enjoy meeting new people in the region to extend my contact sphere and to find out how we can help each other.

  • BNI Power: – Joined 2016
  • No Fuss Networking Small Business Macarthur: – Joined 2016
  • Campbelltown Chamber Of Commerce: – Joined 2017

Getting Involved: Over the past 27 years I’ve enjoyed being involved in nearly 32 committee roles & and about 15 sub-committees roles. The best way to enjoy organisations is to ‘jump in and get your hands dirty’ and contribute. You only get out what you put in!

Reading: Ray BradburyRonald Dahl, Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett. Enjoy reading Sci-Fi, Detective, Poetry, Personal & business development, Photography & other Art forms, Public Speaking.

Cacti & Succulents: My favourite plant variety. I love them due to their uniqueness and beauty and currently have over 60 potted plants ranging in height from a couple of cm to 1.5m.

Music: Favourite performers are Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band; Elvis Presley; The Beatles; Rolling Stones; Tommy Emmanuel; Status Quo; James Morrison (Trumpet); Amy Grant; Frank Sinatra; Lambchop; Galapagos Duck; Acoustic Alchemy; Vivaldi; James Brown; Stevie Ray Vaughan; The Moody Blues, 30’s – 60’s Blues, Swing, Jazz, Folk & Classical.

Websites that relate to me/Groups I am in etc:

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