Earlier this year I was contacted by Kylie Hill, a preschool teacher with the Northern Roads Activity Van, asking if I would be interested in doing the photography for a book she wanted to publish. Of course, any project involving the word 'book' immediately has my attention, often regardless of the subject matter which, in this case was preschool children. Not having photographed children before, I quickly dismissed the old saying "never work with animals or children" that obviously came to mind and said 'Yes, absolutely".
What followed was one of the most rewarding experiences I've had, both professionally and personally. I spent a entire day photographing at each of the five locations, Gum Flat, Bukkulla, Delungra, Gilgai and Wallangra, trying to 'blend in' with children aged 3-5 years old. The 'blending in' bit took a while with curious eyes looking my way with every press of the shutter. Not to mention the occasional unreserved "take my photo" and "is it me?" attention.
I have to sincerely thank all the teachers, Debbie Wilson, Michelle Campbell, Jodi Knowlton and Kylie for their assistance and patience on the photography days. And of course very special thanks to Kylie, who made my job easy by collaborating with me every step of the way, especially on image selection and layout.
The book can be viewed online here and the 'real thing' is available to purchase from the Inverell District Family Services office, ph: 02 6722 4038. The cost is $10 which is donated to Ovarian Cancer research in memory of teacher Sue Sharpe, as well as Bowel Cancer research in support of a very special Mum who currently uses the Northern Roads Activity Van services.