My latest tour with Sacred Earth Safaris was to Outback South Australia, with a brief detour into Queensland to visit Birdsville and the Simpson…
In 1990 Andrew began travelling Australia to build a collection of images that continues to grow to this day. His original focus was on landscapes but over the years he has developed a love of wildlife and macro photography as well. In 1993 he opened his Sunshine Coast gallery "Nature's Image Photography" which ran for 23 years, making it one of the longest-running photo galleries in Australia. As his reputation grew both at home and overseas, he has been in demand as a guest speaker; in 2010 he was the featured presenter at the South Island Photography Conference in New Zealand.
Since 2008 Andrew has taught the popular "Photography Essentials" workshop in Maleny, Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Now over 2,000 enthusiasts - and some professionals - owe their start to his teaching. With such a huge following, touring was the next step, and in 2012 Andrew hosted the Top End Photography Tour in the Northern Territory. What started as an experiment is now a regular feature on the calendar, with tours to numerous locations every year, both within Australia and overseas.
In 2017 Andrew finally closed the gallery to devote his career to teaching and touring. In addition to Photography Essentials, he teaches a variety of advanced nature-based workshops and hosts up to six or seven tours a year, to locations including The Top End, The Red Centre, Tasmania, The Kimberley, Taiwan, Norfolk Island and Africa. Every year brings a new adventure!
A history in photographs
THE PHOTO THAT STARTED IT ALL...In the mid 1980's Andrew was studying advertising and journalism, but always knew it wasn't the right fit for his career. After taking this photo at Lamington National Park for a university assignment, he knew he had truly found his calling. A year later he sold his first photo at a market in Brisbane.
A SPIRIT FOR ADVENTUREIn the early days, Andrew travelled far and wide capturing the best of what Australia had to offer. Back then the photos were taken on colour transparency film. These days a lot has changed, but Andrew's passion for photography, and for seeking out new horizons, is as strong as ever. Touring now takes Andrew and a host of fellow photography enthusiasts all around the country and overseas.
AT HOME ON THE SUNSHINE COASTMaleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland has been home since 1993. His gallery in Montville was a popular stop for tourists and photography enthusiasts alike for 23 years. With the gallery now closed Andrew is free to do a lot more travelling, but Maleny is still home and probably always will be. The Photography Essentials Workshop is still held there every month.
A NEVER-ENDING QUESTNature photography can be as varied and exciting as nature itself. There is always a new challenge to tackle, and changes in technology to keep abreast of. But the basic approach remains the same: let nature (not technology) be the star of the show. While so many modern photographers owe more to Photoshop than to camera skills, Andrew brings only the lightest of touches to his editing, so that the photos you see are as close as possible to the lived experience.
NATURE IN ALL ITS FORMSWhile most 'gallery' photographers focus almost exclusively on landscapes, Andrew's work features just as much wildlife as scenery. In fact Andrew loves to capture almost anything from the natural world, including birds, insects and flowers along with landscapes, rainforests and waterfalls. Touring has only added to the incredible variety of subjects featured in his collection.
THE ADVENTURE IS JUST BEGINNINGAndrew's reputation as a tour host continues to grow. He now works with multiple tour operators with new destinations being added each year - within Australia and overseas. International travel opens up all-new possibilities with the chance to photograph exotic cultures and architecture, along with the nature photography that will always be Andrew's main focus. Smile world... we're coming to take your picture!
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