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Sunset at Lee Point, Darwin. Print Of The Month January 2017!

Sunset at Lee Point, Darwin NT – Print Of The Month for January 2017.

To ring in the new year I’m announcing a monthly print offer! Every month I will be discounting a single image from my portfolio, sometimes it will be a limited edition print, other times an open edition. Every print will be made personally by me, signed, numbered (for limited editions) and then archival mounted and matted into a standard size ready for framing. As you can read about in my Products page, I take the utmost care to produce a stunning image that will last more than a lifetime.

Lee Point, NT. Limited Edition Print 2016-2136

On the 6th of November 2016 I was out at Lee Point to capture the sunset, I have been there many times before but I had always focused on the water in these outings – this time I was determined to stay away from the water and capture what is further up the beach. There were many Territorians out enjoying the sunset and the cool breeze with their four-legged friends. After an hour or so wandering up and down the beach making a few images I set myself up in this spot waiting for the right light and for some ‘models’ to wander into the scene. As well as the stunning colour that the sunset produced on this day I really love the silhouettes of the people walking the beach. It gives you a sense of the scale of the sky and a reminder that this scene was enjoyed by many people.

This A3+ sized image (16×10.66 inches exact image size) comes mounted on foam core and matted to 20×16 inches. This is a standard size so it is easy to frame! This limited edition print would normally be $400 but for orders placed during the month of January it will be only $250! To order, simply message me through the contact page and let me know your address so that I can quote shipping and handling costs. Payment can be made through PayPal or direct deposit.

Get in fast as this image won’t go on sale again! If you are looking for this image in any other form please contact me.

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Adelaide Street Photos

I’ve been in a helluva photographic slump for a few months, so much going on in ‘life’ that drains every last ounce of energy. Some people no doubt find that their hobbies help them get through these periods but not me – in fact at first I withdraw then I get frustrated that I can’t go and do something that I get so much joy from. After that I find it very hard to get back into the swing of things again and get pretty annoyed at not being able to get out of the slump.

Just before the slump I spent some time in Adelaide and got out into the city quite a bit, there is so much to see in Adelaide and I put a lot of km’s on my shoes in just 2 days. While I was there Nik’s made their photographic software available for free. Given that the price was right I gave it a go and finally I have been able to achieve B&W conversions that I’m really pleased with! You’ll be see more B&W from now on as I can finally achieve what I can see in my minds eye. Anyway, a few images to enjoy below.

2016-0548 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0548 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0654 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0654 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0639 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0639 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0603 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0603 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0600 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0600 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0590 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0590 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0581 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0581 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0576 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0576 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0575 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0575 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0565 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0565 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0562 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0562 – Adelaide, SA.

2016-0559 - Adelaide, SA.

2016-0559 – Adelaide, SA.

 

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Highs from Lows

I’ve heard of artists who created their greatest works during the lowest times of their lives. That’s not me though, I need a lot to align in order to be ready to shoot, process or post images, otherwise I stay staring blankly at a screen with no idea what to do. A few weeks of hard work and a family medical emergency mean that I’m out of the time and energy I need to create something great but I got a quick flash of inspiration tonight. With this inspiration I’ve been able to make a few prints and I found this image – partially processed – of Nightcliff. I got it finished off tonight, just before my personal fuel gauge started to show low again.

Nightcliff, NT, Australia. 2015-1184-Edit

Nightcliff, NT, Australia. 2015-1184-Edit

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Competitive Careerism

So here we go again, yet another ‘reality TV’ show starts that pits amateur cooks/musicians/renovators/whatever against each other to win the ultimate prize – the chance to turn their dreary life around by making their dream hobby into a wonderful, exciting career.

The stories are all the same: “I’ve worked my whole life in some terrible job while my real passion was to do something else and for some reason I’ve never been able to make my dream into reality.” Over the course of the series the competitors are pitted against each other in a set of increasingly ridiculous, high pressure situations to determine who is the best and who wins their dream. And it works, audiences love it, the winner is paraded across the TV networks, social and print media flaunting their achievement and joy of reaching the nirvana of turning a hobby into a paying career.

If you are a competitive person who strives to continually improve then you and I are exactly alike. After a while it becomes easy to convince yourself that everyone with a creative outlet must strive to make a career out of it, if you don’t then you are not maximising the satisfaction that you could achieve. This is certainly a view that I held for some time and it has taken a long time to understand and become comfortable with the role that photography plays in my life. Photography is my hobby, not my career. I have a career. I have a good one, actually, it’s a great career. My career has helped me buy all the photography gear I need, and taken me to places where I can practice my hobby.

Red Rock Canyon, NV. 2014-0518

Red Rock Canyon, NV. 2014-0518

This hobby has given back to my career too. There are few images taken of my line of work and I’ve been able to produce some high quality imagery that has been used in publications, web sites, marketing and they even adorn the walls of the offices occupied by some of the most senior members of the organisation I work for. Another way that this hobby gives back to my career is that that it makes me feel better, indulging in a creative passion has helped me through some very difficult and stressful periods and allowed me to perform much better at work.

What is wrong with this? It’s taken a while to be comfortable with the balance between career and hobby and to stop pretending that my photography is any more than it really is. With work comes deadlines, long hours, disagreements, conflict and competition for promotions and other career opportunities. If my hobby became my career, would all of these apply to my hobby? They most certainly would. Would this really enhance the satisfaction I get from photography? Would add more pressures to my life? Would it take away the satisfaction that I currently get from photography? Would it harm my career? Would that in turn harm my photography?

If my hobby became my career, what would be my hobby?

 

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