About the Book
With little time left and nothing to lose, a life is flashing before my eyes.
If it wasn’t for the photos, there wouldn’t be much remembered. A distillation leaving a limited set of key memories – family, close friends and favourite places.
But with so many photos snatched often erratically, my Life-Time gives a bigger picture and in a fourth dimension.
Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1949, my parents settled in Canberra three years later. The city was really just a town with Capital Pretensions then. Australia chose to build its capital city from scratch in the early 20th century. Its site was the compromise after a jealous spat between the two largest cities in the old British colonies when they federated to form the Australian nation. I had little affection for Canberra growing up but it was as unique as any other place on earth, I suppose. Its population was tiny by world city standards, but one almost
entirely made up of middle class, educated professionals. This conferred uniqueness, but could be described as boring. Unsurprisingly then, after schooling, university, first jobs and a first child, I departed to a wider world.
This book, the first in a series, focuses on what I saw before I left. GD
“I have worked as a journalist and media consultant for most of my career. Although flirting briefly with aspects of professional photography, I decided on reflection, to reserve my photo energies for my own interests and work. “I took up photography in my late teens, in the late 1960s, working with 35mm SLR cameras. This was the same time the format began its domination of the photographic world. Since then I have maintained a permanent darkroom, working mostly in black & white. “In 2004, after watching the development of digital cameras for five years, I guessed the time was right to try the new medium. "What I have discovered since then has inspired me to share my experience with others who wish to challenge their visual potential through discovery in the new medium of digital photography. On the way there however, we will also reflect on the history and traditions of photography since its beginnings. “In my view photography, like all the arts, thrives in an envi