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Photography is "a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality".
- Alfred Stieglitz, 1864-1946.

Makes you think, doesn't it? I think it's quite true - many of my photos, particularly those that don't make it to this site, have become more than just a record of light that was around at the time. They are windows into the world at that time and place, as seen by the photographer.

I am an Australian student, born in Brisbane and currently residing in Melbourne.

For me, photography is a way of expression. I enjoy the work that goes into getting a good shot, and I enjoy the outcome. Whether those shots are documentary shots such as those accepted for this site, or some other genres that I like, I love the freedom I have to craft an image, a window, if you will, from light in whatever form I like. It could be a decisive, spur-of-the-moment, “f/8 and be there” kind of snap, or a carefully set-up shot of an ordinarily mundane scene that just has that special something.

Right now my pockets are a bit barren for global gallivanting, but I still have a passion for going places I haven't been before. That's where my interest in this site comes from. I can provide people with a number of windows into Eastern Australia - others give me windows into their countries.

To technical matters, and it should be obvious from my images and the camera list that I fence-sit and still use film in conjunction with digital. I love the look of a film, and the excitement at getting the prints back from the lab. My film body, a Canon AL-1, is also a joy to handle – and those FD lenses are unsurpassable.
I don't love the pricetag though. One roll of film bought and printed costs me upwards of AU$15. All the more reason to renew that friendship with an art teacher I know…

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to look over my modest collection of images. Drop me a comment and I'll be more than happy to reciprocate.
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Canon AL-1, Nikon D40, Nikon FE2, Zenza Bronica ETRSi


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