Updated: Mar 4, 2019
One of the best things about being a Mackay photographer is having an abundance of natural beauty right on our doorstep. Our beaches are plenty, from Far Beach to Cape Hillsborough and beyond to the Whitsundays. The rainforest that makes up Eungella National Park is home to diverse wildlife and plant species and the cool waters of Finch Hatton Gorge are a refuge on summer days.
But despite all of this, I can't help but want more. I miss the creative hubs that go hand in hand with our cities and coastal towns further south. I can't help but resent the fact that I have to wait a week for Australia post to send my film from Mackay to get processed at Hillvale. And I long for a gallery space, a studio space, any place, really, where I know I can go and be inspired by and share knowledge and work with other creatives.
I know I have a habit of focusing on the negatives so I'm trying my best to see all that there is, instead of is not. But it's hard seeing people produce work that I so admire elsewhere, and not being able to connect with them in person.
There is abundant beauty in Mackay and photographing around the region is a pleasure, but beauty exists everywhere and I will always have a desire to pursue it in new and unfamiliar places.
Until then, I'll make the most of what Mackay, its people and its places have to offer.