Month: March 2016

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88 Stars

It’s been a while since I last did portraits. I arrive at the hotel at 9.45am. It’s too early and I need to wait for my subjects to get out of the lecture. There are 88 of them. I have been hired to photograph an astrophysicist convention in a well known Blue Mountains resort. These are probably the most intelligent portrait subjects I’ll ever get to photograph. It’s a good thing there’s a whole constellation of them. I talk to my contact. She suggests we do the shoot outside, in front of some greenery in the back of the hotel. All I need is a decent background, and the sun facing me. “We don’t want people squinting in the sun,” I tell her. It’s almost time. I’ve checked my camera settings. My flash works. It’s a beautiful day in the Mountains and I’ve been in Australia for almost ten years. When I arrived I had nothing, I think to myself. Now I’m photographing scientists. And then they start coming. The first person steps inside the …

From the Editor: Modewest Issue 4 Summer 2016

This issue of Modewest is, as many of you know, the first issue for 2016 and the last issue of Modewest. It represents the fourth issue and rounds off what we have achieved since 2014 when we began. Issue 1 represented Starting Business. We shared ideas for those starting out, self-discovery as a sole trader, valuing people, marketing within your means and networking for success. Issue 2 represented Running Business. We looked more deeply at moving forward in business, defining your business roadmap, managing your cashflow and balancing work and life for lasting health and vitality. In issue 3 we focused on Growing Business. We introduced social media marketing on Instagram, an effective online brand-building platform. We explored cloud accounting, business funding, maintaining a zero inbox and we shared ways to introduce low carb foods into your diet. In this edition, issue 4, our focus is on Business Strategy. It was difficult for me to decide conclusively to put Modewest to bed this year. I have been excited to both design, edit and produce Modewest …