When you’ve been in the business for a couple of years shy of a half century, you have to do a double-take and think “Is that right? Where did all those years go?” I remember, when I was younger being so impressed that fashion photographer Norman Parkinson was still working well into his seventies. Now on the cusp of this, I realise that if you believe in what you do, you need no other reason than that to keep on doing it. And that if you are truly committed to the craft, photographers don’t ever stop working.
If you are at all interested, you can see a time-line of how I spent my years in this wonderful profession, by visiting my Linkedin entry here.
The short version is: that I’m an ageing photojournalist now living on the lower slopes of Mt Wellington in Hobart, the capital of Australia’s island state, Tasmania. I’ve also been a commercial photographer, specialising in travel, editorial, fashion and corporate photography. To email me directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m happily married with a young family (a boy, Kim 18, and a daughter Cassandra, 14), a large vegetable garden, small orchard, a few livestock (two lawn-mowing sheep, a dozen hens and a the obligatory “two cats in the yard”. I still do the occasional magazine assignment, and work from time-to-time for mainland corporate clients. In recent years, I have moved into shooting, producing, designing and editing corporate audio-visuals. When not engaged in assignment work, I mostly shoot stock photography: still-life, travel, lifestyle etc. My children are regularly roped in to model for me.
In 2010 I commenced a year-long documentation of the changing nature of work in Australia, sponsored by Jobs Australia. This project, called This Working Life, will take me all over Australia and will culminate in an exhibition in 2011/12 and the publication of a book.
In a long career, I’ve worked on assignment around the world for major magazines, corporations and other clients. This blog was basically set up to capture the reminiscences, experiences and opinions of an old man nearing the expiry of his use by date. It is also a way of telling my children about my life before parenthood; a kind of “blography”, I suppose. If it turns out to be an interesting read: great! The intention is to amuse…both you, me and my family. I also hope it might have the added purpose of occasionally provoking some thoughtful discussion and comment and maybe providing some small insight into the photographer’s life…or at least, this photographer’s life…
Thank you for reading…