About Me

Malcolm Mathieson HFAIPP, FSWPP, Master Photographer ANZIPP

Passionate and deeply intuitive, with an eye for the unusual, People have been and continue to be what inspire and fascinate Malcolm. As much as he admires other photography, he prefers to photograph someone who talks rather than an inert landscape. He believes a photograph should be a window to the world of the person, a moment in time where reality is recorded. For over forty years he has worked for families who want a record of their life. Unlike many photographers, he has always has taken photographs for exhibition and publication. After eleven years of travel in Australia and overseas, working, raising money children’s immunizations and education he has returned to his home region of East Gippsland.

He now accepts limited commissions from discerning families wanting professional images of themselves as well as creating photographs for exhibitions.
His expertise has garnered him prestigious awards, and honours. Considered somewhat of an icon in Australian portrait photography, he carries the distinction of Master of Photography, AIPP; Honorary Fellow AIPP, SWPP, and Associate of the NZIPP

My Exhibition Photos

The Bearded Man

Beards are back!

The beard resurgence of today is about much more than just fashion. As people have pushed individualism and cultural traditions, “rules” have crumbled (like the workplace collar and tie) and the beard has re-emerged as the bold symbol of leadership and freedom of expression.

The quest to be “me” has broken down many norms and allowed guys to openly embrace their masculinity. Beards have provided an outlet to explore being a man again in ways that go far beyond stereotypical chest beating and beer-swilling. Today we see beards in every aspect of life. And we see so many shapes, sizes and styles as dudes express their individual ruggedness. Yet still the reasons for growing a beard remain strongly connected to many of the same biological and cultural reasons that guided beards of history.

Statistics show that women are helpless against the primal urges that the beard brings forth in them as well. Surveys demonstrate that full-bearded men appear older, more respected, more powerful, and of a higher status than more non-bearded men.

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East Gippsland Shire Councillors

We are lucky to live in a wonderful area of our country and having travelled the world, in a country where we elect those who represent us at every level of Government.

Local Government enables the economic, social and cultural development of the area it represents, supports individuals and groups, and provides a wide range of services for the wellbeing of the local community.

These people, 9 elected Councillors of the East Gippsland Shire and the Chief Executive Officer will work countless hours, attend endless meetings and try and balance all the competing interests in our fantastic region. Our Shire is populated by an amazing and rapidly growing diverse community.  It will be a hard and often thankless task but one which will have its rewards seeing the East Gippsland Shire before an even better place to live, work and play.

They are here, photographed as I see them, as their family and friends know them, I hope the pictures are a window in which you get to see these very special people who have decided to make a difference in our region.

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Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House

Our community is supported by volunteers in many organisations.  Here are some who volunteer at the Neighbourhood House.

Neighbourhood Houses build strong, independent communities and encourage people to thrive rather than just survive.  The Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House is a partnership, between individuals, neighbours, government and private enterprise.  It is built on initiative, with sound and effective management.
Neighbourhood Houses are an integral part of the community offering social integration and a sense of belonging in our community.

The Bairnsdale Neighbourhood House services a broad cross-section of the community from young children to people in their ninth decade, by offering an extraordinarily wide range of programs which can include general classes, accredited classes, social groups, workshops , events and functions.

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Cebu, Philippines

Cebu City in the Philippines like so many places exhibits both wealth and poverty, here in the poor area the locals squat on land, building houses on stilts over the water.  In the monsoon rains and inevitable floods they lose their makeshift homes and lives to the elements yet smile as you walk through the area.  One can only have respect for people who see the injustice of wealth and corruption around them yet get in with the simple pleasures of family, friends and faith.

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Manila, Capital City of the Philippines

One night and a walk down a laneway opposite my hotel these are the people of the lane.  Asian cities are wonderful and the people even more so, no matter how tough life is they have a smile and welcome you into their world.

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People from Prachuap Khiri Khan

Malcolm’s second home in recent times is a sleepy seaside town in southern Thailand.  Prachuap Khiri Khan is a delightfully relaxed place. Yet to be discovered by Tourism the broad bay is a tropical turquoise punctuated by bobbing fishing boats and overlooked by honeycombed limestone mountains but it’s the people who are the best part of any town.

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Semyonovka a Russian Orphanage

Situated an overnight train ride from Moscow is the city of Yoahkar-Ola and an Orphanage of disabled children.  Loveed nad well cared for Malcolm was a guest for six weeks one winter to try and record the loneliness, love and people.

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