Food Tour to the Southern Forests

Last Friday I accompanied Matters of Taste Cooking School to photograph one day of their food tour to the Southern Forests. Here is a zesty little slideshow showing some behind the scenes colour – the friendly faces of local producers, a fascinated tour group and bountiful produce of Manjimup and surrounds.

Fresh from the earth

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It’s a Wrap!

It’s a wrap! Our PhotoStories community workshop and exhibition in Hopetoun and Broome was a great success. The youngest participant was 9 years old and the oldest was 77 years old. All walks of life took part including stay at home mums, farmers, shire workers, artists, students and both amateur and professional photographers. Everyone who participated walked away with a great sense of achievement and the community that came to support them really enjoyed themselves.

There is more plans on the horizon for Our PhotoStories to trickle through the regions, gathering stories and connecting community. Watch this space!


Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest

The 2018 Mud and Saltwater Short Film Fest was a huge success and I am so thrilled that Our PhotoStories was  a part of it. Two sold out nights at Sun Pictures, the oldest open air picture theatre in the world. Both nights were full to the brim and very entertaining. Short films and photo stories, live skits, dress ups, art auction and music. We covered all bases and the audience gave kudos to this fantastic grass roots film festival showcasing local talent.

Hopetoun Exhibition

What way to spend my 40th birthday! In a special little community with a big heart. I rolled into to town with over 200 prints and it was all hands on deck setting up Our Photo Stories Exhibition. 20 photo stories photographed by the locals themselves. After a bit of huffing and puffing all the prints were hung and a ‘cinema room’ was setup for the multimedia presentation. At 6pm champagne corks were popped and the exhibition was enjoyed by the residents of Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe. It is such a colourful display and it will stay in place till the 22nd of September in the Hopetoun Community Resource Centre.


Colourful Broome

Ever wonder what it’s like to wear a python as fashion accessory? Just ask Joanna…
Ever wonder what it’s like to paddle a canoe with a stick as the tide is going out? Just ask Kandy…
Ever wonder what it’s like to do photography AND mud yoga at the same time? Just ask me…
Here is a little ‘behind the scenes’ action taken during my week in Broome. It has been a very productive week with some hilarious moments. We were busy bees at the editing and ordering workshop. What a rainbow of stories! To give you a hint, there were snakes, bees, dinosaur footprints, motorbikes, mud skippers, barramundi fishing, art and of course plenty of red dirt. Our Photo Stories Exhibition will be held at The Mud and Salt Water Short Film Fest on Wednesday 29th August and Friday 31st August. Wear your sunnies because the colours are going to be bright…


Sea of images

Wow Hopetoun, you have been busy! At the Hopetoun editing and ordering workshop, we swam through a sea of images. The stories ranged from sheep feeding to the local bakery, native seed collection, an artist documenting her work, a family day sandboarding, a motorbike accident and so many more. Aside from a very busy evening workshop I also visited each participant at their home and on location to film them talking about their photo story. Since I also created a photo story I thought I’d better jump in front of the camera too. This was an impromptu video with my subject, Bruce.



2 in 2 Event – Broome

There is nothing like a bit of pressure to get the creative juices flowing. The brief: Shoot a photo story in 48 hours or a 2-minute film in 2 days. Photo Stories teamed up with Mud and Salt Water Short Film Fest for this event. Participants were briefed Friday evening and they hit the ground running Saturday morning. Emily Cole went behind the scenes of two camel companies photographing the camels preparing for their iconic cable beach ride. Joanna Cyrupa spent the day at the beach with her dog and boyfriend showing us sun, surf and doggie vibes. Georgie Barnes also spent a day at the beach with her dog but photographed and edited her entire photo story on her iPhone. Yolande Russell photographed an atmospheric story of a potter at work and Kandy Curran thought outside the box taking creative photos of feet to represent the six aboriginal seasons.

All photo stories were submitted by 4pm sunday and were screened at Matso’s Brewery at 6pm. The event was a HUGE success. When you attend a workshop there is no better way to get momentum then to apply what you have learned immediately. Well done team!

Broome Workshop

A bird’s eye view of the Kimberley’s pindan dirt was all I needed to get inspired. I landed in Broome with my suitcase packed full of workshop goodie bags, camera gear coming out of my ears and my runnings shoes on, literally. Back-to-back meetings to catch up with all the wonderful people I had been talking to over the phone, including local personality Bart Pigram. He agreed to let me photograph a personal side to him that people don’t usually see. I was going to meet at his home at 7.15am the following morning to photograph the morning walk to school. Simple and ‘every day’ but that’s what is all about, showing the everyday in a beautiful way. I then met him on sunset to photograph his tour to the dinosaur footprints. He also took me to his private hunting ground to go mud crabbing. When people let you into their world it is such a privilege.

The Broome workshop was a great evening. We removed all the tables from the conference room at the Community Resource center and crammed it full of chairs. Everyone left feeling inspired and ready to try something new.

Hopetoun Workshop

In May I travelled to Hopetoun passing 1 Echidna, 20 Emus and a Kangaroo to kick off Photo Stories Workshop. When I arrived in town I quite literally hit the ground running to find, photograph and edit a photo story on a local personality. I am a strong believer that the best way to show someone how to do something is to do it first yourself. I also enjoy showing them a familiar face at the end of my presentation to inspire them to go and create their own. The workshop was a success with 24 people attending from Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and even Esperance. We are all actively communicating online and the photo stories are starting to flow.

Here is my photo story of a well-loved member of the Hopetoun community – Bruce Alford.