Shut­ter­bug snaps award

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

“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.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

MASTER OF CRAFT: Harold “Spook” Ware won the Se­nior Cul­tural Award in Monto.

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