Interviewed by Abc Open, Alison Shirley

Things are quite exciting right now.

Just a few months ago I took a big leap, in moving from Melbourne city where there is plenty to inspire and encourage creativity, and the place is really well KNOWN to me, to going rural.

I moved to Ballarat, despite the warnings!… All that means is that I am renowned for being a summer girl and B’rat is known for it’s harsh winters. Ouch!

Ballarat is also a beautiful town, proud of it’s gold rush history and abundant in inspiring landscape and architecture.

Since being here, I have been able to focus more on my creativity and making a mission of allowing myself to PLAY.

A short time ago I was contacted by ABC Open producer, Marc Eiden, who said he’d been enjoying reading my blog.

That in itself was a great affirmation, but he also mentioned wanting to interview me about shooting macro and writing blogs, in order to inform and inspire others with their macro photography.

Well I certainly hope it does exactly that! Inspiring others to move forward and get their creative buzz going is one of my favourite things!

Doing your own creative or artistic thing, is often a world of unrecognised hard work and dedication, but a wonderful teacher of mine always said, “You must do what you love and the rest will come.”

If I ever doubted her, I consider this experience with Marc at the Abc as a reminder to have more faith. And to just keep doing what you love!!

I have also entered the Up Close competition, which you will find at the ABC Open site, so perhaps some of you out there also have something you want to put forward….. Go for it!

The secret look of plants from ABC Open Ballarat on Vimeo.

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