Category Archives: PERSONAL WORK

Personal work on disappearing cultures of the South Pacific.

Like a carpenter who never fixes the bookshelf in his own home or the plumber who never gets around to plugging the leak under his sink – as a tourism photographer who spends most of his time abroad, I’ve never bothered photographing my own back yard  – Brisbane. I guess, I’ve just never thought of […]

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As a professional travel and tourism photographer, it occurred to me some time ago that I would have given anything (within reason, he rushes to add) to have known what I know now – 20 years ago. Oh, I lamented, the time I could have saved, the mistakes I may have avoided and the photographs I might have captured, if only I’d been given the opportunity to learn from the photographer I am today.

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By the end of October, I’ll know whether this photograph I captured has won the $25,000 first prize in the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photographic competiton.

It’s a big call (me versus the world sort of thing) but I love the emotion in this photograph of a handful of buddhist monks playing in a Myanmar monastery. Each monk’s expression carries an emotion – determination, envy, encouragement and elation – right down to the surprised eyeball of the monk on the right. I love it; it’s one of the few personal photographs I have mounted in my own home.

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