I always remember having a camera in my hand. My very first camera was a plastic one, but it worked and I was always snapping photos of family and friends. Many times as a child I looked at life through a frame. It first started over the summer holidays, when my parents would load up our XY Falcon station wagon with our luggage and esky and head on the long road trip from Melbourne to Sydney.
It was on these journeys I started looking at life through a window frame as I sat with my head against the car window looking out. I was mesmerised by the blur of the trees zooming past. I fell in love with the green fields dotted with sheep and I would watch people coming in and out of shops, wondering where they were heading to next.
My love for photography grew and grew. But, like most of us, life took me in a different direction for over 20 years. Photography still held a huge place in my heart, but it managed to slip further away as I started my corporate career in marketing.
In my early 40’s an event occurred that changed my outlook on life forever. I lost my beautiful mum after battling cancer for 3 years. I had to search for something joyful to bring into my life and so the beginning of my photographic work began. I enrolled at the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney and my love for photography was re-ignited with a bang.
Photography was reborn within me with a sense of adventure and passion. I started traveling to amazing destinations like Cuba, Mexico and Europe to learn as much as I could about photographing people and places.
Within the first year of picking up my camera, I held a solo exhibition in Sydney of my work in Cuba. The same year, I was shortlisted by the National Geographic Channel for their Travel Scholarship prize.
Over the last couple of years I have worked with some amazing people to create beautiful portraits. I am drawn to people the most. My ability to connect with people through visual storytelling is a huge part of my work. My images are honest, sensitive and yet have an adventurous and playful feel about them.
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Clare Wright, 2014 Stella Book Prize Winning Author
I have done many photo shoots, but none has been more off-the-wall fun and enjoyable than working with Susan. Somehow all the silliness paid off with portraits that are truthful, relaxed and – oddly – serious. There is an authenticity about the way Susan pursues her craft that manifests in the shots achieved: bold, honest, beautiful. I am delighted to have one of Susan’s portraits on the back of my most recent book. It invites the reader in.
Antoinette Halloran, Principal Soprano Opera Australia
The fun day of shooting I spent with Susan culminated in the perfect head shot for me. Susan filled the brief...and then some! I love all the different looks she achieved.
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