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Long Reef Wharf, Sydney
Phase One XT 150MP, 32mm Rodenstock lens, composite

Happy new year! Have you made lots of new year resolutions? Will you keep them? What happened to last year's resolutions? Don't ask!

I made a new year resolution many years ago never to make a new year resolution again. Probably says a little bit too much about me. Yet, the idea of new year projects is appealing and one of the projects I started last year in the middle of our Covid experience was to photograph locations near to me.

If you've visited Western Australia's south west, you'll understand what a beautiful part of the world it is. Is this why Christian Fletcher has such a successful photography business, because all these amazing landscapes are right on his doorstep? A few years ago, Christian visited the northern beaches where I live in Sydney and asked me why I was such a lazy bum - here I had all these amazing landscape, right on my doorstep, and I wasn't doing anything about it.

I hate it when Christian is right!

And I still haven't done anything about it, so I'm going public with the opportunity for others to name and shame me. Step one is to develop a portfolio of, say, 30 images from which I'll select, say 15, for an exhibition. How's that for a new year project? Created right here, as I'm writing this.

In my defence, I have completed several projects - a box portfolio of embossed Middlehurst prints, a set of mini concertina books on Iran, and my lengthy three-volume Bhutan project is just needing the slip box. So, I have achieved somethings, but like all good corporate citizens, once last year's budget is reached, it is forgotten.

What are we aiming for this year?

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