Oh the possibilities for the year ahead!
I love this time of year. Everything feels fresh and new. Christmas frivolities are over, the new calendar has gone up and most of the population is relaxed and in holiday mode, consuming late lunches and sunset drinks.
For us up here in the tropics, the arrival of the monsoon, early on January 1st, is reason enough to celebrate. No more sweating up a storm while doing the dishes. It's all cool breezes and warm rain...for now anyway which is fine by me.
2014 was my first full year in business. It was tough and amazing. It consumed me in the best possible way.
I'm stoked with where i am right now. I worked hard on a huge range of projects, with some really cool folks. Best of all i learned something from every one.
I grew as a photographer and learned about business. Every time i was invited to capture a wedding or portraits, i learned something about family, which is pretty cool for a gypsy wanderer like me.
Throughout the year I was brave and took chances. Not every idea succeeded. It cut at the time but looking back, i'm proud of myself for not giving up when things went pear shaped. I created projects that allowed me to connect with some really creative and inspiring people. I'm grateful to everyone who hung out in front of my camera and let me take their picture.
2015 is here and I can't wait to see where i go with my camera this year. My goal for the year is to get out and explore some more.
On January 19 it will be three years since i arrived in the Territory. I love this place but I haven't done anywhere near enough exploring for my liking. I'm determined, armed with my camera, to change that over the next 12 months. Adventure is definitely on the cards.
I'm planning some road trips and am on the lookout for NT artists who create all different types of art; painters, musicians, sculptors, dancers, illustrators, writers, woodworkers, everything.
I want to meet people who are creating contemporary works and developing their art in the Northern Territory.
If that's you and you'd like to be involved in a photo documentary project, or if you know an NT Artist that you think would be suitable please drop me an email via my contact page. I'd love to hear from you.
One creative, inspiring woman i've had the pleasure to hang out with and photograph recently, is Miss Amy Hetherington.
Amy plays a massive part in music and comedy in the NT. I always see her out at gigs supporting artists. She's a champion, an infectious bundle of positivity and is destined for big things in the future. Check out her work www.amiablecommunications.com.au.
I absolutely loved collaborating with Amy on this project. It was great to develop the concept together and we had lots of fun shooting it on the day.
Here's a little peek at a couple of my favourite images from the shoot.