About Rob...

I'm a recovering teacher with a photography problem. 

I concentrate on landscapes because Cathedral Gorge doesn't care if its bum looks big or whether its hair is most fetching in the afternoon light. I'm most at home in the Australian outback, and the desert in particular.

I try to find the shot where nobody else is looking for one. Like most photographers I compose for colour, texture, pattern and line and try to capture it all in the right light.

For me, the essential element in any image is energy, whether it's the energy of the subject in a dynamic portrait or the environmental energy in a landscape; whether it's explicit in movement, or implicit in mood.

I always aim to get the best shot possible in camera and to keep post-processing to a minimum, but those who dismiss post-processing as creative heresy fail to appreciate the many hours, days, sometimes years the great pioneers of photography spent in the darkroom interpreting and re-interpreting their iconic work to refine their vision.

In the words of Ansel Adams: You don't take a photograph, you make it.

A successful image seduces the viewer into a visual narrative...


Bio:

Born in Sydney, Australia many moons ago, I've been waving a camera around since not long after this shot was taken...

Recent Awards, Achievements and Acceptances:

* August 2020: Member of the Winning Australian Photographic Society (APS) Team, Four Nations Competition (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa) with Lake Hinds (MPAA010)

*  June 2020: Highly Commended, Landscape Folio Western Australia’s Salt LakesAustralasia’s Top Emerging Photographers, Capture Magazine, Australia

*  June 2020: Highly Commended, Landscape Folio  TailingsAustralasia’s Top Emerging Photographers, Capture Magazine, Australia

*  June 2020: Highly Commended, Landscape Folio Tox-EcologyAustralasia’s TopEmerging Photographers, Capture Magazine, Australia

*  June 2020: Highly Commended, Landscape Folio A Losing BattleAustralasia’sTop Emerging Photographers, Capture Magazine, Australia

* June2020: Commended, Portrait Folio Who is Simon? – Australasia’s Top Emerging Photographers, Capture Magazine,Australia

*June 2020: Bronze Medal, South West Virtual Arts Spectacular, Bunbury,Western Australia

* April 2020: Finalist, Landscape - Mandurah Landscape and Portrait Prize, Western Australia

* March 2020: APS Silver Medal, Landscape/Seascape, Edwardstown 1st National Exhibition, South Australia

* March 2020: APS Bronze Medal, Nature, Edwardstown 1st National Exhibition, South Australia

March 2020: EPC Merit, Open Colour, Edwardstown 1st National Exhibition, South Australia

* March 2020: EPC Merit, Landscape/Seascape, Edwardstown 1st National Exhibition, South Australia

* January 2020: Top 10 - Australian Photography Magazine's Photographer of the Year 2019, Portraits and People, for a series of experimental monochrome portraits entitled "Who is Simon?"

* January 2020: Highly Commended - Australian Photography Magazine's Photographer of the Year 2019, Landscape, for an environmental series entitled "Salination: A Scourge"

* December 2019: APS Merit - Our Country, Australian Photographic Society National Digital Exhibition, Australia

* December 2019: APS Merit - Nature, Australian Photographic Society National Digital Exhibition, Australia

* December 2019: APS Merit - Open Colour, Australian Photographic Society National Digital Exhibition, Australia

* December 2019: 7 acceptances in 3 categories - Australian Photographic Society National Digital Exhibition, Australia

* May 2019: Highly Commended, Landscape Portfolio - Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers, Capture Magazine, Australia

* April 2019: Finalist, Landscape – West Australian Photographic Federation (WAPF) ClickWest, Perth,Western Australia

* April 2019: Finalist, Landscape (2 images) – Mandurah Landscape & Portrait Prize, Western Australia

* March 2019: FIAP Blue Ribbon - Scapes, Cape Town International Digital Photography Salon, South Africa (FIAP 2019/04,PSSA #A2019/08)

* March 2019: 1 acceptance –Scapes, Cape Town International Digital Photography Salon, South Africa (FIAP2019/04, PSSA #A2019/08)

* February 2019: Salon Silver Medal – Nature (Projected), Maitland International Salon of Photography, Australia (FIAP 2019/19, APS 2019/01)

* February 2019: 1 acceptance – Travel, Maitland International Salon of Photography, Australia (FIAP 2019/19, APS2019/01)

* February 2019: 1 acceptance – Open Colour, Maitland International Salon of Photography, Australia (FIAP 2019/19, APS2019/01)

* December 2018: 2 acceptances – Monochrome, 43rd Australian Photographic Society (APS) National Exhibition Digital, Australia (APS 2018/24)

* December 2018: 1 acceptance – Nature, 43rd Australian Photographic Society (APS) National Exhibition Digital, Australia (APS 2018/24)

* December 2018: 1 acceptance – Open Colour, 43rd Australian Photographic Society (APS) National Exhibition Digital, Australia(APS 2018/24)

* September 2017: 3 images longlisted – Fremantle International Portrait Prize, Perth, Western Australia

* June-August 2017: Exhibitor by invitation –“Journeys” exhibition, WA Photographic Federation, Fremantle Maritime Museum, Perth, Western Australia

* May 2016: Finalist - Best New Portfolio, WAPF ClickWest, WA Photographic Federation, Perth, Western Australia

* March 2016: Winner – Perfect 10 Summer Down Under Photo Challenge; Pentax Australia

* November 2015: 1 acceptance – Open Colour, 9th International Salon Daguerre, Paris (FIAP2015/257)

* November 2015: 1 acceptance – Travel, 3rd Negeri Sembilan International Salon of Photography, Kuala Lumpur (FIAP2015/364)

* November 2015: 1 acceptance – Open Colour, 3rd Negeri Sembilan International Salon of Photography, Kuala Lumpur (FIAP 2015/364)

* October 2015: 1 acceptance – Landscape; 1st Semberija 2015, Bosnia & Herzegovina International Salon of Photography , Sarajevo (FIAP 2015/369)

* August 2015: National Star Contributor – Photography, ABC Open, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australia

* May 2015: Exhibitor by Invitation - ABC Open Photo+StoryExhibition, Environmental Portraits; Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury, Western Australia

* October 2014: Finalist & highest scoring acceptance –Open Colour, Western Australian Photographic Federation (WAPF) Interclub Competition; Perth, Western Australia

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