Good Memories 

​What makes me smile?

Remembering that in 1986 I wore a white suit (with tails), white shoes, and I think I also had a white top hat, to my senior prom. 

When I got there (yes, with my date for the evening!), somehow I managed to get a rainbow bow-tie with flashing lights. 

Oh yeah, I looked good.

Sigh.

The memories.

I might have looked idiotic to everyone else, but I felt good. And it still makes me smile when I remember it.

20 Reasons Why I Love Being A Photographer

Being a casual enthusiastic semi-professional photographer has been good for me. I truly enjoy any moment I have a camera in my hand. My family has gotten used to it over the years. I often arrive at weekend events with at least one camera. It is getting more common to hear my oldest say “Daddy, look at me, photograph this/me!”

So I have listed all the great reasons to keep doing what I do when I hold a camera. If lists bore you, this one won’t – because this is aimed at you everyone! Whether you shoot with a smartphone or an expensive DSLR, you will either get some inspiration – or you’ll nod in total agreement.


1. Creative Outlet
There’s no doubt about it, photography is a great way to express your creative thoughts easily. You know that moment when you see something that you believe would look great framed – or used in combination with another photograph to create a whole new image. That’s always a great moment.

2. Capture ‘forever’ memories
Over the years I have photographed moments which not only have looked great through the camera, thee final image is also etched on my mind. That’s the sign of a great shot. When we capture moments in our lives that reminds us how how we felt, or what we tasted or smelled, that truly is a photograph worth keeping.

20170114_114201 3. Brings Families Together
Ever noticed that when you bring your camera out at families events, some people run for the hills … but they are happy to hold a child for a photo? In our combined families, there are currently NINE kids under five years old! Boy, do we get some great smiles and cuddles.

4. Take Better Family Portraits Than You Had
Sorry, had to say it. I see a lot of people shooting downwards with smartphones in portrait mode – who then ask me how I got such an amazing shot. Usually I explain how they can do it better, but too often they don’t want to know and say “Oh, it’s just to email family.” That may be so, but don’t you want to show them a semi-decent photo with no red-eye and all limbs in frame?

5. Document Your Family
This is important. Too often we store many photographs on our hard-drive, but never look at them again. With my camera skills, external lighting and reflectors, I capture family photographs that can easily be framed and displayed in your home for visiting family can view every day!

6. Remember Someone Who has Passed Away
It’s always sad when someone in your family passes on. But it’s even sadder when there is no facial-memory for their young children and their grand-kids to remember them by. Always take the moment to capture a photo. You’ll be surprised how many older people are not afraid of the camera. Because they get it.

Another Niece 7. Help People See the Beauty In Themselves
I cannot count the amount of times whilst out shooting a location that I met people who want to be photographed in the scene. With a few pointers (i.e. stand sideways to appear thinner) I show them how any sized person can and does look beautiful. People who say cameras make them look 10pounds heavier are not posing correctly.

8. Witness Love
Nothing is more awesome seeing a happy couple kiss, or when he gets down on bended knee to hand her the ring. Capturing that moment on film or digitally makes it perfect for them.

9. Create Something For Your Kids When They Are Older
Statistics say that we are printing a lot less of our photography . Every decent photograph we shoot of our young kids playing together is printed, laminated and has a magnet stuck to it – then given pride of place on the fridge.

10. Document History
As an architecture buff myself, I recognise that documenting history both in our family and our environment is very important. Always take the chance to photograph when a building is being demolished, take note of the address – and return when the next structure is completed. Progress is important.

Belly Dancer 11. See The Beauty In The Every Day
If nothing else, stop to photograph the roses, new growth, and smiling children. That’s what makes my day complete.

12. Capture An Adventure
We are two weeks from moving our home, lock stock and barrel, all to Kangaroo Island :. It is going to be the biggest adventure of our life. We visit at least 6 times a year. With my wife’s parents over there, plus a new job and her honey business , it’s going to be a lot of fun. So I intend to shoot a LOT more photographs of our surroundings and life. Look out for them on my Flickr , Redbubble , Pixels and Facebook photo pages!

13. Get Close To What You’re Interested In
Always get closer to the subject matter. It’s amazing what else is hidden. I often capture macro shots of bees and ants when shooting flowers – and people notice.

14. Freeze Movement
Knowing how to use your camera properly is important. That way capturing the movement of children and animals will be no longer accidental.

15. Live In The Present
With a camera in hand, eyes and mind are focused on the immediate surroundings and not on the future. Rather than worrying about what didn’t happen or what could be, a photographer’s eye looks for what they can find in the present.

16. Make Art
Art is a word that covers so many points. You imagine art with your mind. Art is also in the eye of the beholder. So make what you perceive as art, refine it to suit a market, then do that consistently – and you may win an audience with the general population, particularly on view in their homes or offices.

Hidden Toy 17. Make Money
It’s true, money can be earnt from you art. Just don’t make it your focus, make it the end result of hard work. Otherwise it will steal from your art.

18. Share Your Perspective
As most photographers will know, or realise over many years, we all see the world different ways. Some of us see the little things, some see the wide-angle, and some focus mostly on eclectic angles. I enjoy all styles, but focus mostly on directions that are unexpected. It may not appeal to everyone, but I am shooting for arts-sake – making my imagery suitable for hanging in almost any location.

19. Help People
This is probably the funniest things about photography. Wherever I am I see tourists trying to shoot selfies as a couple. More often I approach them, but sometimes they ask me to help take the shot. I shot a young couple on Kangaroo Island a few months ago with their smartphone. Then I gave them a few pointers on how to improve their shots (in relation to sun and shadows on face). She then took the phone, spoke to her partner, and they began shooting selfies again – but they changed their whole style. I have no doubt I changed their whole photo collection!

20. Healing. Therapy. Meditation. Forget Your Worries
If only for me. Actually, more often for me. Being able to walk in a quiet landscape, or a windy forest, or listening to waves on a beach, the mind can find and capture moments worth capturing with my camera. Trust me, put a camera in your hand and the world hushes.


So I hope this list helps you to find something that either reminds you why you enjoy photography – or gives you inspiration for your next day out with your camera.

Cheers, Keep shooting, keep it real, and be good to your kids!

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Decluttering is Liberating

Whilst discussing the issue of cleaning and clearing our home to the point that I feel comfortable to transport all that remains to our new home on Kangaroo Island, I found was defining my true self.

Lisa said “Enjoy the process [of decluttering] and be kind to yourself – watch the minimalists.” At first I thought she was calling a group of people ‘Minimalists’. But the ‘the’ made me think there was a movie. There is… The Minimalists !

Here’s are my quotes:


If you ever get a chance – empty your house of everything you own, remove all the clutter, then see what is left. It’s incredibly liberating.


We all seem to collect dust collectors, stationery, trinkets, copious amounts of clothing, pillows and towels.


Thankfully I am not a materialist. Better yet I refuse to have a credit card. Everything I own is because I wanted it AND because I can afford it outright. Some of my camera gear has taken me YEARS to buy.


Wow. Whilst responding to a statement, I defined myself. Ultimately I am a minimalist. But only in my own mind. Unfortunately my house is rarely representative on my mind.

My next post will explain how my this post and the one previous don’t conflict. Because I can see how you think they might.

Birthday Wishes

My relations stopped buying gifts for “everyone over 18” some years ago. I’m guessing I was outvoted. So because my birthday is within weeks of Xmas, I haven’t received a gift from anyone in about 15-20 years. Now I buy gifts for my boys. So my lounge room is cluttered with both franchised and educational toys.

Oh, I ain’t whinging; I am just creating a segue to my point:


Here are the nominations for the best gifts for Dads/Men in 2017, at least for me. This envelope is full, let’s hope I can say the same for my Xmas stocking or Birthday present:


Hard to find

My tastes have changed. Shorts and short-sleeved shirt are going to be my main attire when we move to Kangaroo Island next month. So I won’t wear a watch much – yet I like the feeling of something on my arm. So a classy leather bracelet would suffice.


Dad’s Shop

I really don’t need anything here, but I wouldn’t be opposed to receiving kitchen related gear. I am getting older and coughmaturecough now, so I don’t care for geekery or nerdism stuff anymore. Unless you got me a table top mini arcade . My 4yo would love it too. Just saying.


Yellow Octopus

I managed to find a few things that would look good in my office. A melting clock would allow me to smile about something other than my children. An inflatable pelican would amuse the kids all day long. A scratchable world map would enable my boys and I to see if we are meeting our bucket-list. [ Which means I would need GoodBeerClub subscription ]


A finger watch

Yeah, the title sounds weird. But it looks cool. Yeah, I would need a PhD in Molecular Engineering to read the manual. But it looks cool.


This Is Why I Am Broke

Of all the sites I found, this one displays the most amazing things that I could seriously enjoy having. Yes, yes, I know I said I don’t like clutter. Yet who in the world would dare say no to these??


But since we will be living on Kangaroo Island, this would be my highest preference:
~ A 2 hour scenic flight in a single-wing aircraft.


I have to buy stuff for myself these days. Since I am currently ‘between day-jobs‘, this is not often. My last gift to myself was a box-load of 50 DVD‘s, thankfully most of which I have never seen, for $20 thanks to a Facebook group. Actually, I think my wife paid for that. So, yeah, that was a gift. Thanks Sarah!

Well, thanks for reading, I doubt I will get anything this year. But each time someone asks what I would like, I will send them a direct link to this article. Now, I gotta find the off-switch for the violins …

Radical Change Won’t Happen Overnight 

​This mesaage is circulating the internet, particularly Facebook. First read it through, then answer this:

  • Is it at all feasible?
  • Do you really think anyone in Parliament house is going to say “Oh that makes sense, let’s make radical changes overnight!”

Proposals to make politicians shoulder their share of the weight now that the Age of Entitlement is over:
1. Scrap political pensions.

Politicians can purchase their own retirement plan, just as most other working Australians are expected to do.
2. Retired politicians (past, present & future) participate in Centrelink. A Politician collects a substantial salary while in office but should receive no salary when they’re out of office.

Terminated politicians under 70 can go get a job or apply for Centrelink unemployment benefits like ordinary Australians.

Terminated politicians under 70 can negotiate with Centrelink like the rest of the Australian people.
3. Funds already allocated to the Politicians’ retirement fund be returned immediately to Consolidated Revenue.

This money is to be used to pay down debt they created which they expect us and our grandchildren to repay for them.
4. Politicians will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Politicians pay will rise by the lower of, either the CPI or 3%.
5. Politicians lose their privileged health care system and participate in the same health care system as ordinary Australian people.

i.e. Politicians either pay for private cover from their own funds or accept ordinary Medicare.
6. Politicians must equally abide by all laws they impose on the Australian people.
7. All contracts with past and present Politicians men/women are void effective 31/12/16.
The Australian people did not agree to provide perks to Politicians, that burden was thrust upon them. Politicians devised all these contracts to benefit themselves.
Serving in Parliament is an honour not a career.

The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so our politicians should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

Seriously, Don’t ‘copy paste & post’ this just because you like it, do it if you think it is achievable.

3 Important Life Lessons

​Three important lessons I have learnt in life:

1. Some negative opinions are from people with no self confidence. Some are from people with no imagination. If you have self confidence and can imagine, then their opinions don’t matter.

2. Most negative opinions are from people who cannot imagine you succeeding. That’s their problem, not yours. Stay focused on your success.

3. Don’t let the negative opinions of others inpact on your projects / wants / future – unless they can put up valid reasoning, and practical solutions, or sensible amendments.

Note: There was a numbering error. Odd for so little, but originally it was a longer list. But I condensed to remove duplications.

First posted on my LinkedIn, 23 December 2016

Printing for More Than Art’s Sake

This story amuses me every time I read it: MissyMwac’s family and friends were gobsmacked when she printed all her phone photosthe concept was completely foreign to them!

Yes, it is satire. Heavy satire.

Yet it is a reminder that very little photography of my children, my nephew’s and niece’s birthdays, nor my family moments, is available to view outside of my archives.

Art is very important, yet printing photography of family & friends enjoying life is the best preservation of history.

That said:

With any available finances, I plan to print and frame more of my Kangaroo Island artwork in 2017.

I’m already planning a selection for exhibition either in Adelaide or on Kangaroo Island (or maybe both) during SALA 2017.