Opinion

Worth more than a thousand words

Thanks to SCU for our stunning front page photo this week which was taken by marine science researcher Richard Wylie. The photo has won a National Geographic photographic award and as part of his prize, Richard will be off to Alaska and Canada to work with some of National Geographic's best wildlife photographers.

Not bad for an amateur who only picked up a camera a year-and-a-half ago.

When talking to Echo journalist Liina Flynn, Richard made a comment about how when we see things through the lens of a camera, or even see a well constructed image taken by someone else, we pay more attention than if we're seeing the same thing with the naked eye.

This struck a chord with me. My kids will occasionally pick up the digital camera and go and take photos of otherwise mundane objects around the house and garden. But the whole process of photography heightens their sense of awareness and appreciation of the things around them.

All the journos at The Echo are rank-amateur photographers and we generally take the photos that go with the stories we write. But our photos are usually about corralling people into an arrangement with props that give a visual clue to what the story is about.

I'd love to have more photos in the paper of everyday moments of beauty; photos that tell us something about this place we all live in and share.

So I've decided (because I can) to initiate a new section in the paper called 'Slice of Life'. I'd love you, dear reader, to send me your snaps of life on the North Coast; from kids playing Saturday morning sport, a scene from the markets, or a gorgeous sunset over your rural property. Anything that you think captures something about why we love living here.

Please email your photos (ideally 1-4 megabytes) to editor@echonews.com with the subject heading 'Slice of Life' and I will start sharing them with our readers. Please also include information about when and where the photo was taken and a few lines about what the image means to you.

Happy snapping!

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