Serious About Sun Safety?


Ridgewood Queensland, 17 September, 2017.

New data states that skin cancer and sunburn are one of the top ten reasons Australians book a visit to their GP each year. This data has prompted Cancer Council Queensland to reinforce to need for Queensland locals to take sun safety more seriously. Queensland resident Jude Moore, 52, is in the sun for many hours each day, as she tends to her local property and horses. When asked about her sun safety standards Mrs Moore said that she is concerned about skin cancer and ensures she wears appropriate clothing and applies sunscreen. Although “At times I forget [to reapply sunscreen], to be honest, especially when working outside and doing an activity that takes a long time, as I don’t carry a bottle [of sunscreen] in my pocket,” Mrs Moore said.




In this photograph I used natural lighting, as the location was outside, I also chose a cloudy day to show that the subject valued sun safety. Had I chosen a bright sunny day, the image would feel more harsh and stark, not the feel I intended. I used a low camera angle matching the subjects eye level, to bring the viewer into the image. The subject of this image is a resident from the Sunshine Coast. I decided to pose the subject outside on their own property, next to their horses to illustrate her outdoor lifestyle. By surrounding the subject in negative space, I was able to incorporate other subjects like horses and a dog adding interest to the image. Lines from the horses frame the subject, holding the viewers attention. Rule of thirds has been broken slightly by positioning the left hand line between the horse and subject, placing the subjects face central to the image. In this instance I feel that breaking the rule of thirds works as placing the grey horse on the left hand side balances out the photograph. Overall this photograph addresses the brief to capture an image for the theme of skin cancer and sunburn focusing on lighting and other techniques from the semester.


On The Rise


University of the Sunshine Coast, 15 September, 2017.

During 2017 the Sunshine Coast can expect to see a record high in the rise of tourism numbers, with a forecast of 3.3 million tourists. Last year in 2016, the coast  experienced a 13.5% growth in tourists, with a total of 3.25 million visitors. Local student Bonnie Kowaltzke, 24, believes that the rise in tourism is in part because of the beaches and the coasts sporting events. “The extra traffic and road closures are really annoying, but the rise in tourism is good for the economy and local businesses, people get more involved with their community, with more tourism,” Ms Kowaltzke said. Sporting events on the coast provide opportunities to volunteer and are great to attend, Ms Kowaltzke said.




In this photograph I used natural lighting, as the location was outside, however I positioned the subject in the shade of some trees to soften the harsh afternoon light. I used an eye level camera angle, although if I had something to stand on a high camera angle could have worked better. The subject of this image is a student from the University of the Sunshine Coast. I decided to pose the subject outside and next to some tress with a few people in the background to better reflect the brief. By surrounding the subject in negative space, I was able to incorporate the people in the background adding interest to the image. Lines from the trees and the building in the background frame the subject, containing the viewers attention. Rule of thirds has been used to situate the subject along the left hand vertical line, to maintain interest. Overall this photograph may not be the best image to reflect the brief of tourism and camera angles, however it is the best image I produced for this particular theme.

Volunteers are Happier, Healthier and Live Longer


Cooroy Butter Factory, 17 September, 2017.

A new study shows that volunteers are happier, more healthy and live a longer life than people who don’t volunteer. Carol Watkins, 67, is a volunteer at the Cooroy Butter Factory, an arts centre that aims to support new and established artists. Ms Watkins has been a volunteer at the Butter Factory for two years, and previously volunteered at the State Emergency Service for eleven and a half years, where she decided to start volunteering during her retirement. Ms Watkins spends four to five days a week volunteering at the Butter Factory though various roles. “I am passionate about the Butter Factory, about it succeeding. Because we have taken it [the Cooroy Butter Factory] over from council, they fund us, and we have had to make a go of it. And the way we make a go of it is we have some paid staff, but it is lots of volunteers, running different things here,” Ms Watkins said.  Overall Ms Watkins finds her experience volunteering very rewarding and fulfilling.




In this photograph I used an eye level camera angle, and a mix of artificial lighting from the room and natural lighting from a nearby window, to show the subject in their environment. The subject of this image is a volunteer at the Cooroy Butter Factory. I decided to pose the subject adjacent to some artworks by various artists including the subjects own artwork, to incorporate a story into the photograph. By surrounding the subject in negative space, I was able to convey the environment of the image, setting the scene for the viewer before they read the caption. The bright colours of the subjects clothing aids in capturing the interest of the viewer. Rule of thirds has been used to situate the subject along the left hand vertical line, to maintain interest. Overall this photograph addresses the brief to capture an image of a volunteer using an environmental portrait style and combination of photographic techniques.


Are You Okay?


University of the Sunshine Coast, 14 September, 2017.

R U Ok? Day is an annual day hosted on 14 September, across Australia to generate discussions about suicide and mental health. On Thursday, USC hosted a picnic in the park to acknowledge R U Ok? Day, encouraging people to engage in conversations about mental health while participating in lawn games and a morning tea. Lucy Kimber, 45, and Gemma Foster, 35, were participants of the event at USC. R U Ok? Day is all about checking in on people, it is a reminder for something we don’t really think about, as mental health affects a lot of people, probably more than we realise, Ms Kimber said. “Its just [about] stopping I think, and asking the question [Are you okay?], because we are so busy with our everyday lives, we don’t actually just stop and ask ‘How are you?’,” Ms Foster said. As their fist time acknowledging the event at USC, both Ms Kimber and Ms Foster agreed that it was lovely to enjoy the event in an active setting outside in the beautiful sun.




In this photograph I used natural lighting, as the location was outside, and a low camera angle at the eye level of the subjects, to create a more friendly point of view that invites the viewer to feel part of the event. The subjects of this image are two participants from R U Ok? Day at USC. They were already naturally seated on a picnic rug, and I decided to not pose the subjects to maintain a natural feel to the image. By leaving negative space around the subjects, I was able to convey the environment of the image more successfully. The pathway and building in the background creates a frame around the subjects drawing in the viewers attention. Rule of thirds has been used to situate the subjects generating interest. Overall this photograph addresses the brief to capture an image for a news event utilising all techniques covered during the semester.

5 Ways To Find Your Creativity (Even If You Have No Time)

Do you call yourself a creative person? Perhaps your initial reaction was along the lines of, “I’m not creative/artistic/imaginative enough..” “I used to be but..” “I would like to be, however..” or “I don’t have the time.”

Will you ever have time to complete that painting, sew that dress, or write that short story that’s been floating around your head?

Overtime our creativity gets buried deep within. Responsibilities or other tasks smother our creative spark.

Creativity can seem self indulgent, something only artists, children or retired people can participate in. Can you still feel that fire of creativity deep within?


As a full time university student, I am constantly in battle with my priorities (studies, exercise, family, chores and sleep) and with other interests of mine (music, photography, sewing, writing and painting).


Upon doing a bit of research on how to practice creativity once again, I found some interesting information.


Here are a 5 steps you can try to fuel your creativity once again:


1.  Let It Be Bad

Give yourself the permission for your work to be bad. Once you lift that pressure of perfection, your work will flow more freely.

Author and photographer James Clear, writes about this issue in his blog post ‘How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius’.

“Sometimes you have to write 4 terrible pages just to discover that you wrote one good sentence in the second paragraph of the third page.” – James Clear



2.  Schedule in Creative Time

Ok, so you might be rolling your eyes at this one. How ironic now I also need to allocate time in my already busy schedule for creativity!?

Day Designer, is a company that produces time planners and maintains a blog asserts the importance time management.

In particular, throughout their blog post ‘How to Schedule Time to be Creative’, suggests a few different ways everyone can use to successfully practice creativity regularly.

  • Set priorities.
  • Block out your time. Select one or two creative projects to work on and then schedule in time to work on these tasks.
  • Eliminate distractions.


3.  Get Moving

A study conducted by Stanford have found that walking boosts creativity by about 60%. The walking sessions conducted lasted for only 5 to 16 minutes, stating that “The study also found that creative juices continued to flow even when a person sat back down shortly after a walk.”

Joe Bunting, author and creator of the blog ‘The Write Practice’, also cites movement as a catalyst for creativity. Listing many ways how you can practice creativity on the go. Including:

  • Carry writing (or drawing) tools wherever you go
  • Use your phone as a notepad (also use your phone to capture photos of things you see and that inspire you)
  • Take advantage of your downtime, and
  • Wake up to the day


4.  Have Art Dates

This is a great way to practice creativity whilst hanging out with friends and family.

Mollie Makes is a craft magazine and blog. Their blog post ‘11 ways to practise creativity in daily life‘, suggests connecting with other creatives and meeting up to share ideas, thoughts, and inspiration, whilst encouraging and helping each others creative endeavours.



5.  I Do Believe In Me

A huge component of creating something is believing in yourself.

As James Clear states:

“It is natural to judge your work. It is natural to feel disappointed that your creation isn’t as wonderful as you hoped it would be, or that you’re not getting any better at your craft. But the key is to not let your discontent prevent you from continuing to do the work.”


Try to do a little bit of creative work each week, to exercise your creativity.

The Art of Education, has a great blog post on ‘How to Make Art No Matter How Busy You Are’. Sharing many great tips on cultivating creativity everyday.

Small ways you can be creative each day include; create art in small amounts not large intricate pieces, it can be as simple as drawing your breakfast or other small details you see in your day.





Let me know how you feel about being creative and what you do to practice creativity.

Good luck with your creative endeavours!