Hey guys.


“Hey guys”

“I need some help”






Nothing but the swarming buzz of Andrew’s drone. 


I survey the situation.

Flat on my bum. My legs wedged either side of a large rock. An ominous looking thistle peering over my right shoulder. A spider web that I’d been dodging not too far in front of me. Camera and tripod safe in my right hand. My left hand positioned at an odd angle to my arm. That’s the end of this morning’s sunrise shoot we’ve been waiting two years for.

Sorry guys.


I negotiated with the thistle and eventually wriggled, pulled, pushed, slid and manoeuvred myself into a standing position, got Bryce’s attention to round up Andrew and the drone, and then very carefully, using the tripod as a splint and long ago memories of breathing exercises to manage pain, I walked past the beautiful golden morning sun lighting up the reeds and grasses framing Lake Burumbeet, and headed for the car and onto Ballarat hospital.


I have a lot to be grateful for. The broken wrist bones didn’t need to be pinned. Just manipulated back into place and then plastered. It’s summer, so I don’t have to deal with jumpers and skivvies and jackets over a plaster cast. I broke my left wrist and I’m right handed. My workload at the moment is manageable. I only missed one day of work and successfully (I think) completed a 6 hours class yesterday. I don’t think it will interfere with any bigger plans. I can manage most things so far but I do have wonderful people around me to help. I have plenty of painkillers. You get lots of attention and sympathy when you have an obvious malady. I did manage to get a couple of photos before I fell. And the camera lives on.


But it’s been 3 days now. And I’m over it. Can I take the confounded thing off now? It’s fucking itchy!

(39 days to go)

Sometimes... you remember.

The incredible lightness (or darkness?) of being.

The incredible lightness (or darkness?) of being.


the reason you get out of bed, is to create. Because that’s what feeds your soul.

(that first image feels almost spiritual to me)

Managing your life. I mean... workflow. Managing your workflow. Digital files. All those images!

Despite my best efforts at slowing down so I can get caught up with life, it just seems to keep getting away from me. A bit like a kid digging a hole in the sand when they’re too close to the waters edge. The sides just keep caving in and filling the hole up with sand again.

I have so many plans and only one lifetime! But I have managed to squeeze in a Lightroom Course at RMIT so maybe I can help you manage your workflow and file organisation and processing so you can keep up with your life.

It starts Nov 12. It’s only 3 Monday evenings. And you can get a 10% discount with the Code: Light10

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People and Portrait Short Course

"This is the best photography course I've ever done, and I've done a few! The content and pace was perfect. The skills development applies to all levels. The feed back was specific and useful. The contact with other aspiring photographer and the tutor was inspiring. Well done!" 


RMIT - People and Portrait

Below is a small selection of images from a few students who attended the most recent People & Portrait class. 


PS. If you were in this class and you didn't get around to sending me your photos, you can still do it. 
PPS. If you DID send me photos and they aren't here, please let me know. I haven't left them out on purpose, I've probably just lost them in the my emails or maybe they didn't get through to me at all. 

National Photographic Portrait Prize Finalist

No, not me. One of my students. Tiffany Garvie. I feel so proud. Taught her everything she knows. Haha. Nah, not really. But I was there at the start of her photography journey when she signed up and did the RMIT Intro to Photography course with me. She then went on to do the People and Portrait course with my mate Bryce Dunkley.  And from there she's gone ahead in leaps and bounds and there's no stopping her. Oodles of natural talent, a keen curiosity, plenty of drive and determination. You can see more of her work HERE. She's a powerhouse. Oh, and a friend, not 'just' a past student. :-)

The National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition is showing at the Yarra Ranges Regional Museum in Lilydale SAT 7 JUL – SUN 2 SEP 2018. There's a bit of a Photography Festival going on around that area so be sure to see what else is happening if you're heading out that way.

Photo by Richard Kickbush

Photo by Richard Kickbush


And here's a fun snap of Bryce and I and Tiffany on a recent photo day out.