Stories not Selfies

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Walkley Awards winner Andrew Quilty at his Stories not Selfies workshop. I have admired Andrew's work for a long time, especially his work in the Middle East. If you haven't already, please take a moment to check out his story on the aftermath of the Kunduz hospital bombing. The Man on the Operating Table was one of the most powerful photos I had seen in a very long time.

The workshop began at the Australian Centre for Photography where Andrew shared some of his stories and his work. It was great to watch him in action and hear how he worked. It was a great group from all different backgrounds and we shared our own work and stories. We then spent the day shooting with Andrew on the Manly ferry, then in Manly itself. Sydney put on its finest weather - a sunny day, then a dramatic late afternoon storm before beautiful golden sunlight peeked through as we boarded the ferry back. 

I learnt how to tell a powerful story with my images (it's certainly not a picture tells a thousand words) and how to use my phone to shoot Instagram-appropriate images. He pushed me to think about light, composition and the stories behind my images. Thanks Andrew for an insightful and fun day!

These are the photos shot on iPhone only.

The ocean as a plastic soup

It is estimated that Australians use 1 billion disposable coffee cups per year. 90% of these end up in landfill, which equates to around 60,000kg of plastic waste per annum. Despite the misconception that these cups are recyclable, they have a plastic lining that doesn't biodegrade and the plastic lids also stick around for a really long time in landfill.

I decided to take photos of disposable coffee cups around the place. My intention is to add to this series and raise awareness about the issue. 

There are some simple steps that you can take to minimise your footprint while still enjoying your coffee every day.

  • Don't take away — great way to socialise is to have your coffee at the cafe
  • Bring your own reusable cup
  • Refuse a lid — if you don't need the lid don't take one
  • Choose a cup made from rapidly renewable resources like managed plantation paper board and separate the lid from the cup when disposing of the rubbish