Photographer Renee captured real lives
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.