Creative photography for the community in Melbourne's Dandenongs

26 December 2018

Every year I try to use my creative skills for good. I choose a worthy cause, something close to heart, something local, something that I know I'll bring a significant benefit to. I don't want to donate my money or time to a national charity as, I suspect, no matter how much I'd contribute my effort would be a drop in a bucket that probably wouldn't even pay the executives EOFY bonus...

Few years ago to moved to beautiful, leafy suburb in Melbourne's hills, called Belgrave- it's famous for its quirky community, a wizard and the Puffing Billy- lovely steam engine train takes tourists though our lovely valleys full of ferntrees. Living in the hills also gave me a new appreciation for the amazingly important role local volunteer CFA brigades have in protecting this lovely corner of the world have. Firstly they take the time away from their families and business to stay sharp and ready for the worst, and the when the worst comes they risk it all to defend our lives, homes, parks, nature and livestock.

My first project was with the Montrose Fire Brigade, they defend the other side of the mountain... Together with Cpt Rob Waters, we decided to a fundraising calendar, something that will also encourage the community to support the brigade and help with recruiting volunteers. A big, beautiful calendar that ended up in over 1000 kitchens, full of awesome, creative photography featuring the brigade members around local landmarks and some important messaging...

The Montrose CFA calendar was a great success, nearly 30% of area residents supported the brigade by purchasing at lease one copy and an influx of new volunteers rejuvenated the brigade. Raised funds were put towards purchasing of new, critical equipment. A success allround!