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 first exhibition, from May 1988 were 40 people of the City that I lived in for many years Orange, in NSW Australia. This was the beginning of photographing people I chose and in my style. Its interesting to look back and compare these to today’s more recent work.
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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.
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.