Photography, Art or both


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I love my photography and I love bringing the beauty of the outdoors to you in it’s pure form and you will see that in my landscape images and nature shots, however there is also a creative part of myself that likes to start with an image and create something completely different out of it.

A few of my early attempts got lots of good feedback. There is some here.

abstract art

Looking inside a cave and I felt a presence there, so tied to recreate the feeling with the swirling light and then used blend modes to create the final image.

Tunnel Creek

This is from Tunnel creek in Western Australia, I looked towards the entrance to the cave and saw the light and the rocks creating the figure of a woman and so the image was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me hooked and  I wanted to learn more, so I started an Photoshop Artistry course. This taught me new techniques for blending and composition images but I was still looking for more when I heard they also run an Awake course.

This course is about being awake in life and using your photography and art to bring that about. I was off and running.

Natural spa

This is a place I go to where I feel safe and protected, so I wanted to convey this feeling in the image of the beautiful pool

Jabiru eating

A Jabiru swallowing a fish it caught. This was one of two images that I wanted to create a artwork of to give the feeling of the marsh that it was in.

Hunting time

This was the first in the series of the Jabiru stalking the fish.

frog praying

This little fellow was on my back deck and it looked like he was praying that I just left him to his own devices. The deck didn’t match the iamge, so I created a background using another of my images and created a composite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So finally I decided to step out even further…my challenge was to create something that could bring about change, a cause that meant something to you and then to create another piece that was just fun….

This is a cause close to my heart and be warned this can be quite confronting.

If any of these images triggers things in you then reach out to someone to help or give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14 in Australia or go to  arkofhopeforchildren.org

happy families

This depicts a family as we dream it to be, how many families look from the outside and it also shows the trust that the child has in the parents, this is what makes what follows so hard to fathom.

verbal or physical abuse

This is the second in the abuse series and shows what is often the first abuse a child suffers and that is parental abuse, be it physical or verbal and this is how it leaves them feeling.

self harm

This is the third in the series. Often a child who has suffered verbal, emotional or physical violence is looking for love and this is when the sexual predictor appears on the scene, they make the child or young teen feel special and loved so they are willing to sneak out and meet them, to keep them a secret. They are left broken and confused. They don’t understand how they can feel loved and used at the same time, how they feel that they are a bad person and deserve what they get. This often leads to suicide or self harm.

hate

This one represents domestic violence. This is usually the most aggressive and confronting and often the violence leads to murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

courage

This is the forth in the abuse series f images, this one shows a woman finally taking the step to walk away from an abusive relationship

letting go

This is the final in the abuse series, It depicts a woman finally free to be what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a very hard exhibition to put together as it looks at a side of society we try to turn away from, so after this I needed some healing therapy so created my fun peice.

It’s called In Full Swing and was recently published in the 17th edition of the Artistic Life Magazine.

Memories

Remembering times gone by. A wedding in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will continue to share both my nature based images and my artworks with you as well as articles to help you on your journey.

Thank you for accompanying me along this part of my journey.

You can see some of my images here and they are available for purchase and also here at Redbubble.

Kakadu


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Wow, what a busy couple of weeks.

I thought stopping in Darwin to rest would be a good idea, but it seems there is always something on, but I am not complaining as I got to fulfill one of my dreams this week…..to visit Kakadu!!!

We stayed at Cooinda and went on the Yellow River Cruise. You can see why it is called Yellow River.

Yellow River Kakadu

Kakadu Yellow river

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had previously flown over the falls in Kakadu and I would still like to visit them in person, but on this trip we got to do the Yellow River Cruise and have a look around Cooinda and then on to Jabiru and Ubirr to see the aboriginal art.

Obviously Ubirr was a very special place for the aboriginies as the art is prolific and really good, probably the best I have seen.

Aboriginal art

great examples of aboriginal art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great opportunity photography wise to shoot lots of different animals and birds and the cruise was great as they gave you plenty of time to take photos. Paul Arnold a photographer also does Photography Cruises out of Cooinda at a great price.

The accommodation in the budget area was a bit rough, but the beds were really comfortable and the dongas had air conditioning and the pool was to die for.

What they didn’t let us know was that in the budget accommodation there are is a camp kitchen but no pots, cooking or eating utensils, fortunately we threw the picnic basket in at the last minute and it was a life saver.

I traveled with Jan & Chris our friends from Qld, their daughter Ang and Hans and Cora friends from Holland. We had a great time together and all got on very well.

These were some of the birds we saw on the Yellow River Cruise.

Brolgas in Australia, Northern Territory,

Brolgas at Kakadu

 

 

 

 

 

yellow river cruise, sea eagle

sea eagle kakadu

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were privileged to see a Jabiru catch his dinner and then eat it.

Jabiru Kakadu

Jabiru catching fish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jabiru at Kakadu

Jabiru eating a fish he caught himself

If you have any questions about anything you read or see here, feel free to ask me. Wishing you all a great week and will have more next week.