News Photography


Pomona Showgrounds, September 10, 2016.

Neville Lindley, 71, watching the show jumping event at the 107th Noosa Country Show.

Over two days thousands of people flocked to the traditional country show to view the various stalls and competitions which showcased local agriculture, art and music. Hundreds of competitors and their animals competed in the numerous events, including Saturday night’s rodeo.

The outgoing Fraser Coast Show Society director and horseman was an invited guest to the show but said the invitation was not necessary. “I just like going to these events and I go to as many as possible,” he said.


Using the rule of thirds, the subject and the horse rider in the background are points of interest as they are positioned at the intersections. However, Neville is the main point of interest as he is situated closer to the camera so the audience can access him and his story. I thought an eye level angle would be appropriate to convey his story as it shows the scene from a spectators point of view and does not over emphasise one particular element within the photograph. The natural light used works as a side light striking the subject on the side but also highlighting the action occurring in the background.  It also creates a natural colour tone, adding to the country feel of the event.

The image suits the brief as it tells of a current, local news event through the story of a person, in this case a spectator. I chose this angle as many people who attend the event are onlookers themselves. As the subject is the access to the story, I thought to include a horse event in the background as he has been involved with similar events throughout his life and this helps connect with his story.




Sculpting a community

Suncoast Clayworkers Association, September 15, 2016.

Jackie Gasson, 70, throwing clay during her weekly pottery class.

Fifteen years ago Jackie formed the Suncoast Clayworkers Association when she saw a need for a local organisation to bring potters and ceramic artists together. At her home studio Jackie holds two weekly workshops to pass on her knowledge and passion to dozens of other members.

Although, it was difficult for her to decide what she loves most. “My favourite part about potting is anything to do with clay. I love teaching but I like making too, it’s a bit of everything,” she said.


To add context, it was important to include artworks, tools and of course the subject actually creating something. Using the rule of thirds, all of these elements have been highlighted as firstly the subject and artworks are located at the points of interest and the pottery tools are in the foreground, the lower third. A lower angle has been used to get down on the subject’s level to make the image a bit more personal, assisting in telling her story. It also creates the feeling of being there in the studio.  With regards to lighting, fluorescent lights were incorporated as well as some natural light. A high amount of light falling on the sensor caused higher exposure resulting in the overall lightness of the photograph. As a result, it is clear the image is taken inside a studio.

The image fits the brief because it tells of an individual’s story who belongs to a club. The content included adds a great deal of context to this story as the viewer can see Jackie in her element and doing something she does constantly as part of this specific club.




Nude Food Organics, September 16, 2016.

Gerry De Jonge, 58, closing his grocery and wholefoods store as the sun sets.

Majority of businesses support South-East Queensland changing to daylight savings to “extend the daylight” an extra hour each day. According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, those in favour of the decision said without daylight savings they were experiencing lower productivity and additional costs. Business owner Gerry said not having daylight savings was a real inconvenience and there should be uniform business hours throughout Australia. However, the State Government is against separating Queensland into two time zones.


Shooting at sunset created context to suit the brief and provided natural light which was pivotal in telling a story about daylight savings. This natural light also added warm tones to the image which are associated with that particular time of day. Although the lighting has created glare issues in the glass, it reflects the sunset and gives additional context as does the closing sign. Shadows were also created to represent the transition into night time and this was executed by using the sun as a side light that also created hard light which sharpened the shadows. However, it was important to not have the shadows on the subject’s face, but to highlight his expression instead so the viewer can engage with his story. There was just the right combination between light and shade to create such texture on his face, showing his concern.