Hey, can you see that…. Yes that my friends is the end of the year fast approaching and boy what a year it has been.
This time of the year can be very stressful for a lot of people for many reasons but let me just say that within ever storm there is light and the sunshine at the other end. So as we get into the silly season do take some time out to think of others. <3
This photo was taken looking over Lake Burley Griffin here in Canberra after a light storm rolled through the area a bit before. It is made up of about 40 individual images to give this final image.
All my images are for sale and can be found on my on-line store and if you want to learn how to take these types of photos I conduct a one-on-one workshop and will be posting up a few workshops over the Christmas break so stay tuned.
Have you ever wondered what happy balloons look like?
Well I had the opportunity to to find out. A couple of us crazy kids grabed some balloons and popped out around the National Art Gallery snapped off a few shots and I must say it was a lot of fun.
I kept thinking of that movie Up and wondering how many balloons would it actually take for one of the models to be taken away…… and after some really deep thought I snapped out of it and got to work. 🙂
Imagination runs wild when you come across a bunch of creative people that want to be creative. Kinda makes you wonder whether limits are, and are there actually any limits?
Simple task of grabbing a couple of balloons and seeing what you make of them is an interesting challenge….. If you haven’t done it give it a go sure you will find a blast.
If you after some unique portraits ones that are completely different to normal studio and run-of-the-mill shots, please drop me a line as I’m sure we can come up with something creative just for you.
On Sunday I had the privilege of going out and photographing I feel will be a moment in Australia’s history.
It was a walk to support marriage equality here in Australia, a walk together like-minded people for a common cause shape and change Australia’s future.
While the walk itself was not too different from many of the other walks I photographed what did made a different was that it was organised by the youth of Canberra. Now I’m a true believer at our future is in the hands of our young, it is them that will grow into adults and into our leaders of both our country and our immediate peers, and if Sunday is collection of young people is anything to go by we are really in good hands.
The weather was atrocious and I must say it was one of the coldest days that I’ve experienced in some time and by far one of the coldest events I’ve photographed. While the actual numbers of the participants in the walk was only a couple of hundred it was a dedication and drive for standing up in something they believe in even if the weather was totally crappy.
Looking at the faces that were in the crowd it got me thinking of the times in our history whether youth have shaped our future. One of the most prominent times is back in the 60s, and 70’s with the burning of the bra and the protests against the Vietnam War.
Is a look at this photo below see the young spirits that I feel encapsulated those times of what seems so long ago.
It was good to be able to capture these kids and see the joy and determination in what they are trying to achieve.
What I really appreciate and I think everyone can, is that the organisers of this walk are just teenagers. Kids, not too much older than my daughter and they clearly have a vision of Australia’s future, a future that I feel is inevitable which is why I’m glad that I had the opportunity and time to photograph such an event.
With love, passion and determination we can all change the world. It just takes us to actually want to make it happen.
Same is true within ourselves, we can do great things, things that we never thought possible and things that are beyond comprehension.
Just like these young girls had a vision to create a walk for marriage equality, they are in fact doing much more. Through their actions and determination they are changing the world, they are making a difference, and I for one am incredibly proud of such a feat. Not because it is about marriage equality but more that gives me faith in our children they can actually find the determination and drive within themselves to make this world a better place!!
What can you do today to make this world a better place?
NOTE: You can see the entire collection of photo by clicking on the Events on the menu on the left of this screen. 🙂
As we come to the end of the week, and what was really my first week back in the swing, I must say it was a fantastic week.
If I look back over the week I see that I made a lot of new friends, I looks some great photos of a great cause, I got out and about in the sun shine (maybe somewhat more than I should have as I got sun burned), I got some exercise, rode a good few km on my motorbike with friends and got to see a wonderful sunset as I walked around the lake yesterday.
The colour and the glamour of such a wedding is something which is out of the ordinary when you compare it to our Western culture. These brides are dressed up in all sorts of colours and jewelry which is enhanced with the movement and music that goes with such weddings.Continue reading “Colour in the bride”
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