I claimed I was on a mission, and I’m sticking with the theme. I’m gradually getting up to speed on the nuances between various mallee and macrocarpa and where I may track them down, thanks to evenings spent poring over quaint brochures, wildflower society booklets, and the ABC’s weighty Native Plants tome. I’d recommend not sitting next to me at a dinner party and politely enquiring about it, lest I send you to sleep. Suffice to say, it is proving to be a treasure hunt for me, and easily as much fun.
As glamorous as this sounds though, hold your envy in check. This week I took a while to get some shots near a house that had no open curtains, a large number of cars, and frequent short term visitors. I briefly contemplated a side business in surveillance, but as the industrial seed oil smoke from the nearby fast food outlet enveloped my hair, I realised I wouldn’t have the tenacity. And I don’t eat donuts.
After about Day 3, W said he no longer needed to see my daily finds, but to let him know when I have something different. Luckily I have a boom or bust approach to, well, everything; a perfect foundation for making hay when nature shines.
So, at the risk of overdoing the mallee and macrocarpa theme, here are a few from the last few days. I’m gathering a body of such work over at Nina Williams Photography, so check in there every now and again, if you would like to see more. I’ll be taking calendar orders in November!
I always love to hear if you have a favourite, and please let me know if you are interested in the plant names!
I’ve had an epiphany. Encouraged by my close buddy S, a glass of red wine, and some Palak Paneer, I have decided to channel my business energy toward creating beautiful, iconic, Australian imagery for both Commercial and private clients. My deep and abiding love of Eucalypts, trees, and this stunning continent has been on a steady simmer since I started photography, and is reasonably obvious in my general subject matter, but what was flirtation, has blossomed into commitment. What this means when someone asks me (or you) what I photograph, you can answer with a flourish, “Oh, iconic Australian images.” My interpretation of this is seeking out and celebrating authentic, unique, Australia – the people, the places, the flora and fauna. This includes both landscapes and close-ups, and images are geared for wall art, commercial brand and stock photography, and maybe, one day, textiles.
(For the Kiwi’s out there, this doesn’t mean I spurn my roots. Gosh, no. The same principles transfer to Godzone.)
Where to from here? I will be back out on the road, hunting and shooting, and looking for new material. Stylistically, I am experimenting behind the scenes, so anything could happen. At the very least, Mum will get another calendar this Christmas. Here are a handful of my latest finds.
I call this last one Eucalyptus rorschachii. I’ve done a few like this, and most look like scary ancient gods. I have a way to go with this concept.