Blog Break: Missing in Creative Action

DSC_3337Sorry I won’t be able to blog as much a while. There’s so many projects to catch up on and I have to prioritise. Today I was out teaching my daughter to take photographs.

She took this portrait of me.


Here she is learning about the camera and using the manual focus.

DSC_3318She became creative and took some experimental photos as well as portraits.

She enjoyed mucking around, but we did learn some rules as well.

DSC_3370She took some pictures of me at work and with my beloved camera.  It’s fun having two cameras as it meant we could take photographs of each other at work.

So whilst I’m away, I’ll be into some creative action – doing video work, preparing for an exhibition, finishing a couple of books,  finishing a story cartel course with Joe, and sending out manuscripts to publishers.

You can be sure I’ll still be working hard on the photography and writing, but right now just some seista time for blogging and facebook too.

May you have a brilliant and creative time.  I’ll be back soon.  In the meantime you may just see the occassional short update blog.

Can’t wait to share the projects but have to do them first! It’s a very busy and exciting few months coming up.  A special thankyou to friends and family who are giving me support in this super busy time.

Thanks.  Feel free to browse through the rest of the blog and leave messages.

Yours Truly,


One of 100 Faces

Portrait chosen for the Exhibition Digital Display from ABC Open

Today I was thrilled to have a portrait selected to be one of 100 representing ABC Open contributors at the Tweed River Art Gallery!

The exhibition of 100 Faces from SNAPPED: FACES is a partnership between Tweed River Art Gallery and ABC Open. The Gallery will  be exhibiting our portraits during the Olive Cotton Award exhibition.

This is a short post highlighting contributions –

This is the video that will screen at the gallery (6.09 for the portrait with this post).

Congratulations to all the ABC Open contributors who had photograph(s) selected for this exhibition.  Thank you so much to ABC Open for providing this opportunity to contributors.

A man, a guitar, country songs: quest for portraits

Bob – By June Perkins
Bob – by June Perkins
Bob – By June Perkins

Bob Elliston asked if I could do some portrait shots for him.  

We met at Song Trails last year, where I was the workshop photographer and fellow songwriter participant.

Bob is the President of the Yungaburra Folk Festival and music has been his lifelong passion.  He has played in several bands and groups.  I think he said six.  He is enjoying pursuing song writing in his ‘retirement.’

Bob’s main request was that he didn’t want anything cheesy, staring down the camera, or too smiley.  But other than that he was really quite flexible.

Going to a photographer can be like going to the hair dresser.  You want to come out looking your best, and it takes a while to trust a new hair dresser.

I approached it just like when I am photographing family. We chatted. I asked him a few things about his life,  grandkids, jobs, musical influences, all the time clicking away and waiting for him to just be totally relaxed and himself.

I liked the backdrop of the cane and it was a slightly cloudy day which gave us some interesting textures to work with.  We had to wait for a bit of shadow though as it was mid morning and quite hot and we had to make sure we took care of Bob’s beloved guitar.  Guitar’s don’t like to be overheated.  Bob loves his guitars so I really wanted a few shots of him with his guitar.

At one stage I was super pleased to photograph Bob with a twinkle in his eye.  I could see the young man enthusiasm for life in him as well.  I truly like the character in his face.

Bob, and his song writing co-partner,  Michelle Walker, recently received a highly commended in a Tamworth Songwriting competition.  It is never too late to pursue your dreams.

Bob left the portrait morning after spending some time chatting about guitars, music and social issues with my son.   He gave us some produce from home – eggs, tomatoes, lemons, oranges and passionfruit.

I am looking forward to more portrait work and continuing to branch out from portraits of family to interesting local artists, musicians, country people, and songwriters.

Bob Elliston – By June Perkins


Images of Cardwell

View from the Jetty – June Perkins

I’ve just been looking through some old photographs and found some enchanting memories of trips to Cardwell, just down the road.  It is under going lots of restoration and change.

I miss how it was before Yasi.

Before the cyclone it had some beautiful trees, covered in flowers, and there for the climbing.

You don't bring me flowers
Flower Tree- June Perkins
Tree to Climb – June Perkins

I remember early trips where we would see people’s boats sitting on the shore. Although I was never sure if this one was ever used.

a boat waiting for someone
A boat waiting? – June Perkins

Although walking around after the cyclone I found this headstone, which I’d never noticed before.

Celtic Headstone in Australia
Headstone – June Perkins

The trees were different but many were still there.

Cardwell dancing Trees – June Perkins

And in the starlight

Starry Night at Cardwell Jetty
Starry Night at Cardwell Jetty- June Perkins

And the moonlight it hadn’t changed too much.

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Moonlight – Cardwell – June Perkins

Don’t Pass By

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Don’t Pass By – June Perkins

Whenever I see something like this whilst we are driving, I either stop the car or ask the dear driver, which would be hubby, to stop.

I can’t help it!  How can you pass by opportunities like this?

Well of course the highway has to have a safe stopping spot or you can’t contemplate it.

Photography of opportunity requires us to have the capacity to not pass by; to stop, pause, set up, and then click away.

As I look back at this picture, I remember wondering how the people on the highway looked to the people in the houses.

Now photography of opportunity like this is relatively easy, the other type is of people, and there you need to consider the setting, but I’ll ponder that another day, with a different photo.