Snap happy for landscape diversity
PAMELA Thomas was born on the Monaro NSW, a region near the Snowy Mountains. She grew up in Canberra and was educated there, married, followed by a move to Melbourne and shifted to Beechworth eight years ago with her husband.
What’s your job?
The idea of retirement is anathema to me. I am no longer salaried and currently evaluating my creative ability.
What brought you to this role?
The decision to pursue my interest in photography. I have always been interested in the visual and performing arts and as a child became fascinated by a Brownie Box camera and black and white photography. I often took the camera on holiday with my cousins to Tathra on the NSW South Coast. Many years later (in the 1990s) I completed two terms of photography studies and darkroom work. I printed some of the childhood negatives and was stunned to find that the images are quite passable.
What do you love about your job?
I now have a studio and lots of time to consider options and being able to take an active role in creative activities. Since moving to the North East, I am inspired to explore and to photograph the diverse landforms from the mountains to the Riverine plains of the Murray.
What do you do in the community?
Committee Member of former Indigo Shire Arts, Culture then Heritage Advisory committees for seven years; member Rutherglen Historical Society; participant in the Ovens and Murray Regional Assemblies, supporter of Independent Cathy McGowan; a Beechworth Arts Council member; and on a lighter note dining and wining at cellar door restaurants and various annual festivals.
What’s the most important current community issue for you?
That Indigo Shire Council introduces urgent strategies to ensure the shire’s heritage assets are protected by listing on the Victorian Heritage Reg- ister. Community members should see the Indigo Shire Heritage Strategy adopted by Council on 28 February 2017.
What would you do to solve, change or improve that situation?
Actively lobby to ensure that councillors and council personnel are aware of available resources and undertake action to involve and inform the Indigo community including the youth of the shire, of the value and importance of such assets for the future economic development of the shire.
What’s the most important current world issue for you?
The lack of action by world governments for ensuring health, wellbeing and education of the children of the world, especially refugees.
If the person you’d most like to meet came to Indigo, or was already here, who would that be and what would you show them?
I would invite British documentary presenter and naturalist Sir David Attenborough and his team to view the shire’s 16 National Trust Classified Landscapes. These are listed on the Heritage Victoria database but have no statutory protection for the long term.
Why would you show him that?
To gain international attention to outcomes of inappropriate and insensitive development of heritage places.
What book are you reading?
“Endeavour: The Ship and Attitude that Changed the World” by Peter Moore. It’s about Captain James Cook’s first South Sea voyages from 1768 – 1771, published by Vintage Books Australia 2018.
VISIAL ARTS PASSION: Beechworth’s Pamela Thomas finds inspiration in the North East landscape for her love of photography.