Snappers need a local focus
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.
Tori O’Connor taking photos at the 2018 Kalgoorlie Cup.