Specialty Coffee Roasters source quality green coffee beans from many estates around the world. Among the options open to them are buying through an Australian importer or directly trading with estates. These days, options to buy organic, Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and Ethically Traded coffee beans are readily available. While there are coffee growing regions within Australia, [...]
I'm often conflicted when it comes to putting my best images online because it is so easy for people to copy them, breaching my copyright. This is an issue in reverse when I like a photograph and would like to bookmark it in some way without breaching other people's copyright - and without having a [...]
Aesthetically, my flower photographs look nothing like Robert Mapplethorpe's flower photographs. He took structured studio photographs of flowers in vases, set against strong light, or coloured backgrounds. I take photographs of wild flowers in the bush with backgrounds of moss, lichen, fallen bark, rotting leaves, bracken and whatever happens to be there. Yet when I [...]
Faced with the task of submitting three photographs representing myself for a unit of study, I began with photographs of my face. However, we are being encouraged to explore ways of representing the self without showing our faces, or by showing parts of our face or body. Much of my creative inspiration comes from nature [...]
Many years ago on a visit to Canberra, I happened across an exhibition of Harold Cazneaux's photography. At the time he was unknown to me, but I found myself drawn to his photographs of ships and ferries in Sydney, all photographed in the early part of the 19th Century. One in particular "A Study in Curves" [...]
Moving house in 2012, I realised just how many journals I had collected over the years. Many of them have only a few handwritten pages - the rest being blank. Very few are almost full. I don't think I can boast a single completed journal. Yet each time I enter a stationers, or a good [...]
I was in Beechworth for a flying visit last week. There wasn't much time to look around, but we stayed near the Cemetery and drove past the facade of the Ovens District Hospital. Photographs taken at these two locations form the gallery below. The Hospital was constructed in the years 1862-1864 and demolished in 1940.
Over the last eighteen months, I've made a subtle shift from Writer to Writer and Photographer. In my writing, I've always enjoyed rich imagery and metaphor. Much of my poetry is sparked from images that intrigue me and in prose, I try to make moments 'visible' to the reader. While I have always taken photographs, [...]