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“MIND reader” might be the next addition to the long list of rare and valuable skills of Harold “Spook” Ware.
Because that’s the secret behind professional photography, Mr Ware said after receiving the Senior Cultural Award on Australia Day for his work cataloguing more than 75 years worth of his negatives for the Monto Historical Society.
“You take photos of what the customer wants, you never dictate to them,” he said.
“You have to work out what their brain is thinking. You’ve got to psychoanalyse everyone you meet!”
The renowned photographer really got going with the craft during his time in the Air Force, where he would skip dinner to provide an overnight photo developing service for the other soldiers.
When he returned to Monto, he quickly became a commercial photographer.
“I had to do some job didn’t I? There was no other photographer in town. It started off as being a means to make a living,” he said.
“But I liked it from the word go (because) you had to do some thinking.”
After 23-and-a-half years of practice Mr Ware went on to receive his master photographer accreditation, one of only “about 23” to do so in Queensland.
“It took me a long time to be able to say I was a master photographer, so why not be proud of it? I was very strict (with my work),” Mr Ware said.
“(But) there is no such thing as a favourite photo. You work at them until you get them right (so then) they are all favourites.”
Mr Ware’s work in forming the Australian Light Horse Monto District Supporter Group, wheelwrighting, coach building, blacksmithing and damper making also contributed to his award this Australia Day.
And while it was his first Australia Day Award from the North Burnett Regional Council, he did receive one from the Jondaryan Shire Council in 1995.
MASTER OF CRAFT: Harold “Spook” Ware won the Senior Cultural Award in Monto.