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Don’t Give Up

I’ve been taking photos for quite a few years now. And along the journey I think I’ve learned how to use a camera pretty well. After all, doing is the best way to learn.

But recently I felt like I was hitting a creative roadblock and started looking around for some way to break it. It’s for this reason that a few weeks ago I, along with more than a dozen very talented photographers from Australia and abroad, attended my first ever photography workshop.

Actually, attended is not the right verb. Experienced? Closer. It was an experience and more. The Don’t Give Up workshop in Brisbane was run by the incomparable Ashley and Jeremy Parsons and hosted by the amazingly generous Jonas Peterson and Jacqui McKeering.

Don’t Give Up is not a workshop about how to use a camera. It’s about finding your voice. Or maybe, accepting the voice you already have. And it’s helped me on the path to doing just that; giving me a clearer picture of who I am and the sort of images that I want to create—the sort of images that matter to me.

Here are some of my favourite shots from those two amazing days. One of the attendees, Alex Ball, made a short video that describes the experience better than I can with my words or images. Check it out.


ash7 February 2013 - 5:14 pm

david, I found myself smiling so much my face hurt and laughing out loud in a coffee shop as I sit here and look through this post. the last few moments, late at night after the workshop was over…those were packed with so much life and celebration. We are so thankful you came. what a joy!

scott thomas28 July 2013 - 10:46 am

Looks like a great way to get the creative juices flowing!

Normy B19 October 2014 - 5:41 pm

looks like a bunch of fun!

Life’s a beach

We do not ask to be born. We arrive in this universe like castaways washed up on a beach. And the universe into which we are cast is a dangerous and hostile place, with our existence in it tenuous, miraculous and fleeting. But there is also infinite beauty. While we are here we have the capacity to explore, enjoy and love. Before it’s time to leave.


Hanne Rishovd9 February 2013 - 7:50 am