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6 May 2016

This time last week I was listening, for the first time, to internationally acclaimed poet, philosopher and speaker David Whyte. He wasn’t long into his story-telling and poetry that I thought to myself, ‘Why have I never heard of this man before!’. David was in Melbourne last Friday and Saturday thanks to Mel and the team at Talking Sticks, a Sydney based business that aims to create ‘experiences that transform’.  Their tagline reads, ‘Transforming conversations is our business.’ I was grateful to be part of this personally transforming conversation with David and the many who were gathered. In the morning, David shared his story telling and poetry with corporate leaders at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge Theatre, inviting us to ‘become visible’, to get comfortable in the ‘not knowing’ and to ‘ask for help’ – particularly as leaders of organisations. He was joined on stage afterwards by four prominent business leaders who shared their views on vulnerability, openness and what it takes to be a good leader.

On the Friday evening and Saturday morning, a general audience of about 300 (at each gathering) listened in reverent silence as David posed beautiful but disturbing questions … challenging us to be ‘a shade braver’.  I’m not sure whether I liked the story behind the poem, or the poem itself, better … but both intertwined to beautifully reveal a little more of the heart and soul of the author, and beckoned me to reflect on my own heart and soul. David challenged us to become aware of ‘the frontier in each of us’, that place where we’d rather run from, or ignore. To listen to the conversation that is taking place there. Is there a beautiful but disturbing question that needs to be asked? Of ourselves? Or to another? There usually is. And herein lies the invitation extended by David. To listen. Perhaps write down this conversation (I know this has become a new ritual for me!). And to become more aware of the world around me. Ask for help. Ask the beautiful but disturbing question and be surprised. Get comfortable with the unknown. The not knowing. He is inviting each of us to be ‘a shade braver’.

There was so much to take in over the three sessions I had the privilege of listening to, while working. It was confronting at times, endearing and hilarious at others. However, I know that this is only the start of my conversation with David Whyte, his poetry and words, with myself and others – in hopefully, a deeper and more meaningful way. I accept David’s invitation to enter more deeply into this beautiful pilgrimage of life. To be aware of those ‘frontier’ moments in my own life – and perhaps those of others. To walk with others. And in walking on, to be a shade braver. Go on, ask a beautiful but disturbing question today. Who knows where the conversation will lead.

 

10 April 2016

It’s not every day you get to celebrate and share in the celebration of 90-years-of age. Happy birthday Uncle Ben Lolicato! More than 100 family (immediate and distant!) gathered in Barham, in country NSW, to mark this momentous event. Here are some of my favourite photos from the day.

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17 March 2016

The beautiful hands of Nina. I have long loved photographing hands. I love their curves, lines, the texture and stories. I’m simply fascinated with them. For Nina, she’s hoping to delve into the hand modelling world. Here’s hoping her hands are a hit!

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9 March 2016

“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”
– Fr J. Keller

Yesterday I was joined by Molly, a 15-year-old budding photographer who was keen to get some ‘hands-on’ experience. After a morning of theory and playing with camera settings inside, it was time to hit the local beach and parkland area. The wind was blowing a gale, but that didn’t stop us! Here’s some of my favourite shots.

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7 March 2016

I absolutely lovely road trips. They’re a wonderful chance to explore and discover and let the creative photography juices flow.  I also really love the countryside (myself originally hailing from a small country town in Victoria’s north-west). So when my friend Rosie asked if I’d join her on a road trip to Buchan Caves and Walhalla in Victoria’s south-east Gippsland area, I couldn’t resist. Here are some of my favourite photos.

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19 February 2016

It’s always a pleasure and privilege to photograph the annual bravery awards held at Government House. I covered two such events in December last year with Governor of Victoria, the Hon. Linda Dessau AM presenting the awards. People of all ages, and from all walks of life, are recognised for their acts of bravery whether it be for rescuing people from assault and armed assailants, from car accidents or burning houses, or rescued from sea or an aviation accident. I am usually moved to tears during the ceremony hearing these amazing stories of bravery! Check out this inspiring story about two police officers in Warrnambool’s newspaper, The Standard: bit.ly/1YiPmzR

To purchase digital copies from the Royal Humane Society of Australia Bravery (RHSA) awards held on 15 December 2015, click here.

To purchase digital copies from the bravery awards held on 1 December 2015, click here.

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12 February 2016

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Ok, so here is where I’ll endeavour to post news and photo shoots of interest. It’s a little daunting having a ‘blog’, but I’ll do my best to keep it updated with interesting information and photos related to my photography and writing work, as well as related sites and resources. Sharing is caring after all!

The first shout out must go to graphic designer Mary Ferlin of True Blue Sky Design for her outstanding work on my new logo and ‘look and feel’ for all of my corporate collateral including business cards, letterhead, stickers, website and email signature panel.  As you can see, I actually DO have a bicycle with basket which I love getting around on – I’m just missing the camera and notepad in this pic! We had great fun working on the design. Mary is based in Melbourne and I’ve had the pleasure of working with her professionally for years. If you need any graphic design work, don’t hesitate to email Mary at: trueblueskydesign@gmail.com

The next BIG THANK YOU goes to James Anderson of Mindful by Design for all of his help in getting this new website up and running. I am actually quite challenged when it comes to the technical side of things, so having James by my side (literally!) to help in all things website, has been a God-send. You’re ace! Thank you!