Pho­tog­ra­pher Re­nee cap­tured real lives

The Gympie Times - - YOUR SAY - OUR VIEW FRANCES KLEIN frances.klein@gympi­etimes.com

YES­TER­DAY’S news­pa­pers are to­day’s fish and chips wrap­pers.

Head­lines dis­ap­pear, words fall be­tween the cracks and images fly into the ether. Ex­cept the good ones. A great news photo is like art; it can tell a story in a thou­sand words and of­ten for no mea­sur­able rea­son draws you right in.

They have a longer shelf-life than words and can resur­face.

Yes­ter­day, long-stand­ing pho­tog­ra­pher Re­nee Al­brecht spent her last day at The Gympie Times.

If you’ve ever had your pic­ture taken for The Gympie Times in the last 10 years, you’re prob­a­bly fa­mil­iar with Re­nee or “Pilch”.

If you haven’t wanted to smile or were un­der the age of five, she would have yelled “Mon­key’s undies” at you.

She might have picked you up for a street sur­vey or coaxed you into pos­ing next to a pot-holed road, bloom­ing flower bush in spring or sprin­kler on a hot day.

Or she might have cap­tured you can­didly; your whole per­son­al­ity or life’s story in one shot.

What­ever it’s been, it would have been done with pas­sion and for the love of the re­gion and the peo­ple in it.

And that is some­thing that out­lives any words.

For Re­nee’s best 10 pho­to­graphs over the years, see page 18.

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