Posts Tagged ‘Ski-ing’

I have to say thank you to the Spirits, Ancestors and Elders of this Ngarigo Country for yesterday…Ski-ing powder at the Golf Course and Funnel Web at Thredbo is the greatest gift anyone could ask for…

I think the song says it all…

(And wow how is Tom Jones?)


To go and grab a copy of todays Weekend Australian Magazine…Go and get one and check out the ‘Heart of The Nation’ section in the rear, it features quirky and unusual shots and today features one of my favorite images that I took of a Snowy Mountains local in his element.

Todays featured shot on ‘Its A Hard Life’ is an incredibly beautiful image from the back country. This photograph was taken just outside Charlotte Pass on a beautiful sunlit afternoon. It has been published in TIME, seen worldwide on the CNN website, exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne and I have sold a number of copies.

If you would like to improve your photography or take it to the next step then time is running out for you to register your interest in our weekly workshops which begin on Tuesday 2nd August and will be held at the SMGS Library. Please look at our Photographic Workshops page for further details. Its a rare opportunity to be taught by a complete professional with many many years of editorial and commercial experience at the cutting edge of publishing and multi-media.

Classes are filling fast so send us an email or give us a call by Tuesday 2nd August and we will book you in…

For further information contact  Lisa at or 0458 727 324. 

This is Mike Bowers and he is the quintessential GoPro!

The shot has been taken on a GoPro system but Mike is also one of the most notable photojournalists that Australia can lay claim to and a Pro in every sense of the word. So much so that even this ski self portrait is perfectly composed!

Mike’s biography is more than impressive…As a photojournalist his development  started out with 14 years in the Press Gallery in Canberra covering five Federal election campaigns and accompanying 3 Prime Ministers on various national and international trips and extended to include tours of duty in conflicts in Cambodia, Kosovo, Bougainville, PNG and The Middle East. He was Pictorial Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald from 2001-2008. Mike was also Chief Photographer for The Sydney Morning Herald before becoming freelance.

Mike is a regular commentator on ABC radio and the host of Talking Pictures on Insiders which airs on ABC 1 and NEWS 24 on Sunday mornings.

He has published 3 books, “Gallipoli Untold Stories, The Big Picture”, “175 Years of The Sydney Morning Herald” and “A Century of Pictures, 100 years of Herald Photography”. He is in the Final stages of his fourth book, “Armageddon, Trouble On A Faded ANZAC Trail” a joint venture with journalist Paul Daley.

So while the GoPro system is easily accessible to most consumers today it takes a master of their art to create a shot as well balanced as this one….Nice to see Mike GoPro!

This is a photograph of Seamans Hut of a night time and is one of my favorite images that I shot for a TIME Magazine Special Edition in 2007. It wasn’t published with that story but I have a print of it on my wall that never fails to remind me of the incredible beauty and awesome power of the Snowy Mountains.

Seamans Hut was in fact built in 1929 as a memorial to a skier, Laurie Seaman and his friend Evan Hayes who both lost their lives in a wild turn of weather on the peaks of Targangil (Targangil is the Ngarrigo Aboriginal name for Mount Kosciuszko). And while this image always makes me think of a benign nativity scene, there is no mistaking the potency of the reason for the construction of Seamans Hut.

Yet it is this paradox, between the sweetness of the image and the savageness of the terrain that gives this image its depth. When a photographer picks up their camera and points in a certain direction I believe it is important to comprehend what it actually is that they are looking at. Everyone has a camera now days… so what defines the ‘Art’ of photography as opposed to just more visual wallpaper? And why is photography one of the most commonly used languages in the world?

At ‘Its A Hard Life’ we would love to hear your thoughts on this. What is it that creates that indefinable difference between just a photograph of  something and something more? Have you got a photograph that truly describes the essence of something in the Snowy Mountains? If so we would like to see it and put you in the running for a free place in a one day workshop or private photographic lesson in September in the Snowy Mountains.

To enter, simply upload your photograph to the Flickr Group ‘Its A Hard LIfe’ (access by clicking the icon on the left hand side of the page) clearly marked with the image title and your photo credit. Then send us an email with your contact details and if we decide to publish it we will get in touch and do a short interview with you.

Closing date is the 1st September so get your photos in now. The judging panel will be drawn from the editorial committee of Photojournale and this competition has NO copyright restrictions and NO entry fee.

For further information on the upcoming Photographic Workshops please have a look at our Photographic Workshops From Beginners To Masterclass page.

Finally after a two week internet delay (Telstra are you listening?) we would like to present  Alex Poulos as ‘It’s a Hard Life’s’ very first local Jindabynian featured artist. The photograph above is an intriguing portrait of a grey gelding Alex happened across in a misty paddock early one morning. Asked why she liked it more than other possible photographs that she could have selected to publish she replied simply ‘I think it captured his personality’.

And indeed it has certainly expressed a keen understanding for her subject. Alex’s chosen theme is something that is dear to her heart, she is one of the elite Snowy Mountains horsemen and women that inhabit the region and as a show rider she has a love of grey horses and of photography.

At seventeen, Alex has by her own estimation led a charmed life. Inspired by her beautiful surroundings to work for and buy her own camera she considers photography is the most modern form of art and that what draws her to the medium is the ability to freeze frame a moment in time.

Alex believes she has been incredibly lucky to grow up in the Snowy Mountains and as the daughter of Con and Donna Poulos, local ski-ing identities she has divided her time between the ski-slopes and the riding arena.

Yet Alex longs to see other parts of the world and after pursuing her dream of completing a degree in advertising and media I would not be surprised to see Alex jetting around the world camera in hand… but I know her heart will always belong to the Snowy Mountains..

What can I say?

Top to bottom at Thredbo in some of the finest snow I have seen for years….

Put this classic tune into your ipod and just bask in the beauty of the mountains.

I know we can be heros today…





Seen around the Station Resort….

Gumby and the Pink Panther playing the Strongbow Pear Cider game with the lovely Strongbow Pear Cider girl Belinda.

I thought my life was hard until I saw a seven foot man in a dark green suit… well I guess if your only friend is the Pink Panther what can you expect?

Ahh winter has well and truly begun…