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ABOUT ME

I'm Barb, a writer and artist living in southern Tasmania.

I got my first camera when I was nine, after winning first prize in a poster design competition. I used my $10 prize to buy a GAF 100XF camera, which used 126 film cartridges and produced square photos where everything was off centre. If you wanted a flash you had to get these little disposable flash cubes to attach to the top.Very old school.

I had this camera for about ten years and upgraded when I travelled overseas after school. This was an Olympus AF-10, which took 35mm film, had a fixed lens, auto exposure and autofocus. After the GAF, the auto load and rewind felt like luxury!

My first foray into SLRs was a Pentax Z70 with a 28-80mm lens, which I picked up from a second hand camera shop in Canberra. I went to a class to learn how to use it but found everything too overwhelming, and ended up staying in green mode most of the time. Around that time I moved to the country and, having been inspired by the work of a local landscape photographer, spent some time photographing rural scenes.

I finally went digital with a little point and shoot that I can’t even remember what it was. I had absolutely no clue about using it and spend most of my time with that camera making bad photos of my baby.

That camera didn’t last long and I upgraded to a Fuji Finepix S6500FD, which had a 28-300mm zoom lens and took xD memory cards, which are ridiculously expensive. It was a good beginner camera that had a lot of manual controls but I was still a little unsure about moving beyond P mode.

I liked the Fuji but found it a bit bulky for travel so I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40. It apparently had a 35mm equivalent of 24-480mm zoom, which is pretty impressive for a little camera like that. The Fuji got neglected because the small camera was so easy to carry around, and by that time I was using my iPhone more than any camera anyway.

It wasn’t until the end of 2017 that I returned to the Fuji. I was following the story of 10 Murray Street in Hobart, a building that had been the subject of much controversy over the previous few years, and was finally going to be demolished.

Working in this building for 12 years, I came to appreciate it and its unique features. Looking deeper and observing the work of others, I began to see the opportunities to make interesting photographs that showed 10 Murray Street as more than just the eyesore that many people believed it was.

This building reignited my love for photography and led me to explore a style I had never been interested in previously, that of architectural photography.

I decided to buy an SLR so I could learn how to make these photos and how to improve on the work I had begun in documenting 10 Murray Street on my phone. I bought a Canon EOS 200D, one of Canon's entry-level dSLRs, picked up some lenses and started learning how to use it. This time, I actually made some progress, and since then I have been learning not only the technical aspects of photography but also the creative side.

I find great joy in finding new angles to the buildings I pass by every day, in watching how the light plays on the façades and how this changes over time. While Tasmania is renowned for being rich in sandstone heritage buildings of the 19th century, I am drawn to the clean and simple lines of modern structures, many of which are less loved and appreciated than the older ones. I look for the beauty in these buildings and seek to express this through my photography.

I look forward to sharing my world with you.

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