Snap­pers need a lo­cal fo­cus

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Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION - Tori O’Con­nor Tori O’Con­nor is a pho­tog­ra­pher with the

As an up-and-com­ing pho­tog­ra­pher, I was lucky to be given the chance to start my ca­reer here in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

I was ex­cited and wanted to hit the ground run­ning at the Kal­go­or­lie Miner.

First, I had to move from Horsham, in coun­try Vic­to­ria, with a pop­u­la­tion of just 17,023, half the size of Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der.

My whole life I have lived and breathed pho­tog­ra­phy as I have fol­lowed in the foot­steps of my mother in be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.

Horsham has an ar­ray of cam­era sup­ply shops and cam­era tech­ni­cians, it was al­ways easy to get the best lo­cal ser­vice that I could rely on to main­tain my equip­ment.

I’ve al­ways been a huge sup­porter of shop­ping lo­cally and I con­tinue to do this in Kal­go­or­lieBoul­der as much as I did in the small farm­ing com­mu­nity where I was born and raised.

How­ever, I was shocked when I could not buy a new com­pact flash SD card any­where in Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der.

Even more to my sur­prise, I dis­cov­ered the city has lit­tle to no cam­era sup­pli­ers and not one cam­era tech­ni­cian in the whole area.

The clos­est place I could go to get my cam­era gear cleaned and ser­viced was Esperance at the lo­cal Cam­era House. Oth­er­wise, I have to go to Perth. For cam­era equip­ment, shop­ping on­line is the best op­tion, but I re­ally do pre­fer to shop lo­cally and sup­port our com­mu­nity.

It is as­ton­ish­ing not one per­son has de­cided to of­fer these ser­vices in the Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der area, with such a very large and ac­tive pho­to­graphic com­mu­nity.

Since mov­ing here in April, I have made strong con­tacts with many lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers and they are also frus­trated with this is­sue.

Be­ing a pho­tog­ra­pher in a re­gional area and work­ing out­side in the el­e­ments, it is im­por­tant to main­tain and clean my equip­ment — and I don’t want all the red dust get­ting into my gear.

There is clearly a de­mand to ser­vice the pho­tog­ra­phy in­dus­try, as long as the lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers sup­port it. We are just wait­ing on the sup­ply. Twin sis­ters who rep­re­sented dif­fer­ent par­ties when they ran for seats on the same west­ern Michi­gan county board will not be work­ing side-by-side.

Mon­ica Sparks, a demo­crat, and her repub­li­can sis­ter, Jes­sica Ann Tyson, each won their party’s nom­i­na­tion for the Kent County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers in Au­gust dur­ing the Michi­gan pri­mary elec­tion.

They ran in dif­fer­ent Grand Rapids-area dis­tricts for the seats.

Un­of­fi­cial re­sults show Sparks was the top vote-get­ter on Tues­day for her seat. Tyson fin­ished sec­ond, so Sparks will serve on the board while her sis­ter won’t. They’ve said they were adopted into a fam­ily that taught them to pay at­ten­tion to govern­ment and pub­lic af­fairs.

Oliver Wen­dell Holmes Jr, US Supreme Court jus­tice (1841-1935)

Pic­ture: Abby Mur­ray Pho­tog­ra­phy

Tori O’Con­nor tak­ing pho­tos at the 2018 Kal­go­or­lie Cup.

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