PEO­PLE AROUND BRIGHT AND KIEWA VAL­LEY

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What is your job?

I am a free­lance pho­tog­ra­pher. I work in lots of gen­res but I spe­cialise in land­scapes from around our local area. I par­tic­u­larly love weather, es­pe­cially light­ning storms. Peo­ple think I’m crazy be­cause I go out in all weath­ers to take light­ning shots. They say I’m go­ing to get struck but I don’t care as long as I get the pic­ture. I dis­play my work on Face­book and on my web­page and I sell my work as hard copies. I some­times post my work on the “What’s Hap­pen­ing” Face­book page and I have been over­whelmed by the num­ber of likes I get. I am also the of­fi­cial pho­tog­ra­pher for the Mt Beauty Speed­way.

How do you come to be in this job?

I worked in hos­pi­tal­ity for 38 years and af­ter all that time in kitchens and fast food shops I thought it was time for the big change. As soon as I left my last job I thought this is make it or break it time. I started my own busi­ness, and I am my own boss for the first time. I started just playing around, then I did an on-line course and an­other course at the Mt Beauty Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

Have you al­ways wanted to work in this sort of job?

My fa­ther gave me an old box brownie that had be­longed to my grand­fa­ther. I used that a few times, then I got a lit­tle Nikon, and then I moved into Canons.

What do you love about the job?

I look at na­ture and I try to get onto pa­per ex­actly what I see, with the colours and the tex­tures. I just dream pho­tog­ra­phy. And I see my work as a her­itage I can leave to my kids.

Do you ex­pect to stay in the job?

Yes. Over the past 12 months I have been get­ting more recog­ni­tion for my work. I have do­nated pic­tures for the Good Fri­day raf­fle for the past three years. I re­cently won a cal­en­dar photo com­pe­ti­tion and the prize was a photo edit­ing course at the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre. It was fan­tas­tic. Since then I have been do­ing all my own edit­ing. I have a friend in Wodonga and we are think­ing of set­ting up a studio to­gether and mov­ing into por­trai­ture and wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phy.

What do you do in your spare time?

My part­ner and I love to travel. We have a car­a­van and love to stay at the beach where I can take beach pic­tures. We have also been on sev­eral cruises. Also, I love cook­ing.

Diane Grif­fith

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