THE BYRON BAY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY VIBE IS KING
I could never understand what the significance of ‘Brownie’ was in the name Kodak Box Brownie. Weird name but it probably led me to love the black and white images. I especially remember some shots that I thought were pretty fantastic of the Franklin River in South Gippsland before the whispering willows were eradicated. Maybe my memory is slipping but I was about 8 years old and thought it odd that none of my siblings seemed all that mad on the photos. Actually, the results probably weren’t that impressive – I was just a little obsessed.
After I graduated from Uni I had to go to King Island to get work so needed a hobby to supplement what I thought would be too much spare time. I got my hands on Dad’s manual Hanimex. It was not well looked after which forced me to buy my own. My first TTL was a second hand Pentax 35mm film camera. The spare time evaporated as photography took over and there was a regular succession of camera gear.
To fill in the nights I got myself some dark room equipment and started black and white developing and printing. My place looked like a laundry with all the prints pegged up on overhead lines.
when we set up a hawking business in SA and WA (8 tonne truck, kids doing school-of-the-air) I discovered the rich hues of Kodachrome. To keep the brain working whilst we dawdled around the dusty roads of outback Australia, I was ever on the hunt for that perfect sunset, those faces that could tell a story without words or the vivid landscapes enhanced by the clean parched air of the inland.
Photographic profits took a bold leap when I was lucky enough to crack a gig doing industrial photos in the oil industry in Bass Strait and North West Shelf. A far cry from Byron Bay Wedding Photography and the criteria was always focused on volume rather than creativity.