Photo guru is ready for a change

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - JOSH PRE­STON RE­PORTER joshua.pre­ston@gympi­

THE Gympie Times bade farewell to a lo­cal le­gend yes­ter­day af­ter­noon with the de­par­ture of long-time chief pho­tog­ra­pher Re­nee Al­brecht.

A well-loved mem­ber of the com­mu­nity she has called home for most of her life, “Pilch” built an in­cred­i­ble le­gacy over her 11-year jour­ney with the Times, earn­ing con­sis­tent ac­claim and two News Me­dia Award (for­merly PANPA) nom­i­na­tions for her work.

On the eve of em­bark­ing on her next chap­ter along­side hus­band Tyson at Al­brecht Re­frig­er­a­tion and Air Con­di­tion­ing, Mrs Al­brecht said she would miss “the peo­ple” more than any­thing else.

“I’m go­ing to miss my work­mates and (pho­tograph­ing) peo­ple in the com­mu­nity equally,” she said.

“It’s been a good jour­ney, it’s been chal­leng­ing ev­ery day but it’s never the same any day and I’ve loved it ... but it’s the right time for a change.

“There’s been a lot of emo­tional times see­ing peo­ple at their low­est but you also see peo­ple at their high­est.

“You can go to an ac­ci­dent one day and be see­ing new­born ba­bies the next, it’s the na­ture of the job.

“I’ve loved show­ing peo­ple in their rawest form, I’m a peo­ple per­son and I think that’s why I got this job in the first place.”

In­com­ing cam­era­man Troy Jegers joins the team af­ter pre­vi­ously liv­ing in Bate­mans Bay, Wol­lon­gong and Bris­bane.

Mr Jegers said he was look­ing for­ward to build­ing on an impressive re­sume, which in­cludes cap­tur­ing boxer Jeff Horn and the band Shep­pard.

“My first cam­era was a $5 cam­era my nan bought me at a garage sale and once I got enough money to­gether ... I bought my­self a cam­era and de­cided I wanted to study pho­tog­ra­phy,” he said.

“Ev­ery pho­tog­ra­pher says their favourite part of the job is cap­tur­ing a mo­ment in time and some­times you re­ally are.

“I’m ex­cited to be here, I al­ready feel like a part of the team .”

Photo: Donna Jones

CHANG­ING OF THE GUARD: New Gympie Times pho­tog­ra­pher Troy Jegers takes over from Re­nee Al­brecht af­ter 11 years in the post.

Pho­tos: Re­nee Al­brecht

10 OF THE BEST: Owen Tre­go­ning fighting Coun­cil about his prop­erty at Im­bil.

Photo: Re­nee Al­brecht

Larry McArthur at the Goomeri Sew­er­age plant where wa­ter is be­ing di­verted into the creek run­ning through his land.

Jeremy Josef­ski on his Grand­fa­thers farm at Mooloo.

Kia Ora man Steven Os­mond re­cov­ers from a brown snake bite.

Gympie’s Da­mon Exarhos be­fore Gym­nas­tic­sna­tion­als in Mel­bourne.

Fire­men work tire­lessly at the Woolooga Fires.

Ellen McLaugh­lin and bor­der col­lie Rusty cool off from hot weather in the Mary River.

The spirit of the 2018 Gympie Muster.

Peter Buchanan at his pineap­ple farm in Goom­bo­rian af­ter the flood.

Chris Cal­laghan, the new mag­is­trate in Gympie.

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