checking in – and a special Mother’s Day offer on the book

Well hello. Geez, been a while huh? I’ve received quite a few emails recently from some of you, asking what I’ve been up to lately – and how Coco is going, now that we’re well and truly back from our global adventure. Given that so many of you ‘travelled’ with us every week for over a year not that long ago (and before that, around Sydney for another year), I thought it was high time I checked in with an update on life post-52 Suburbs Around the World.

On my side of things, I’ve been busy working on various photographic jobs. I really miss working on my own projects but I feel incredibly lucky right now just to be able to earn my living doing something I absolutely love. I have a couple more projects in me for sure, but right now, it’s about building on the last four years of hard, self-initiated work.

Speaking of building, I’m also loving the fact that these jobs offer so much diversity. One day I’m out on a building site chatting up some burly blokes …


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The next, I’m in a studio, dealing with lights and far from burly blokedom …
















I’m learning something new every week in a photographic sense and absolutely loving it. May it continue thus!

So that’s me, in a very small nutshell. And Coco? She’s settled back into school life pretty much as if she never left it. (Although remember my frantic worries about her lack of schooling when we were travelling? And how I quipped that she could always get a maths tutor when we got back if she needed one? Well, she now has a maths tutor. Exy but Coco practically skips on her way to see her so I can hardly complain.)

When we started the project in January 2012, Coco was eight and a half. She’s now about to turn eleven. Eleven! Has she changed much? Not really. She’s still the most delightful, kind and funny kid anyone could wish for. Just a bit taller (photographed on the beach for her friend Elyse’s birthday) …


Coco and Elyse :: 1

Coco and Elyse :: 1




Coco and Elyse :: 2

Coco and Elyse :: 2





Coco and Elyse :: 3

Coco and Elyse :: 3





Coco and Elyse :: 3

Coco and Elyse :: 4





Coco and Elyse :: 5

Coco and Elyse :: 5




Extra-special Mother’s Day book offer

I was at a bookstore on the weekend where my book is stocked and the lovely man behind the counter told me that the day before a gentleman had bought my book for his mum who’s just been diagnosed with cancer. He thought it would help to give her a break from her new reality. I went from, busy-busy with my Saturday morning list of things to do, to standing totally still, feeling like I was about to burst into tears – not only at how touched I was at the thought of his poor mum enjoying my book but also because my dear old mum is no longer around. I adored my mum and would do pretty much anything to have her back (she never met Coco – how unfair is that? Blah.)

Anyway, if I can’t give my own mum a gift, I can give a gift to other amazing mums – for the next week until the moment the first glass of something or other is raised at Sunday lunchtime, my 52 Suburbs Around the World book will be 20% less exy – just $63 (and will come with a set of postcards and a little note from Coco and I).

Go here if you wish to purchase – and yes, Happy Mother’s Day to you (and my mum). I hope you are adored and cherished as you should be.



Maureen Anne Hawson – my mum

Maureen Anne Hawson – my mum


Portrait Equality – and the winner of my book comp. announced

Cam Cope in Mauritania for Portrait Equality

Cam Cope in Mauritania for Portrait Equality


Have you ever been travelling in a developing country, taking photos of beautiful kids and their families, and so wished you could somehow extract a shot from your camera and give it to them?

It’s happened to me a lot on the last project and even if I promised to send them a print, you had to wonder if it ever got there, and that’s if you actually remembered to do it, or didn’t lose their address.

Well, a little while ago I was contacted by someone who’s worked out a clever solution to this frustrating and often saddening problem. Through her project called Portrait Equality, Tasmin Brown provides nifty instant cameras and film to photographers travelling to developing nations and remote communities, so they can provide portraits to local people along their journey.


Tasmin Brown in Vanuatu for Portrait Equality

Tasmin Brown in Vanuatu for Portrait Equality



You don’t have to be any great photographer to get your hands on one of these free instant cameras – you just need to be visiting places where the residents would benefit from the program and keen to do it.

I think it’s a fantastic idea and can’t wait to do it myself. But seeing as I’m not about to leap off anywhere soon, I’m thrilled to at least be able to help by opening Portrait Equality’s second annual gallery show and auction of family portraits taken in developing nations or remote communities.

All the details are on their website but essentially, here’s the deal:

Wednesday April 2 – Mary Place Gallery in Paddington – 6-9pm – free tickets (and drinkies)

I’ll be opening the exhibition (of some really beautiful images taken at the same time as the instant camera snaps) and then enjoying some of their wine, along with you hopefully! You can also find out more about participating in the project on the night.



Speaking of participating, thanks to everyone who headed into my exhibition at Kinokuniya Books over the last fortnight and stuck a sticker on the world map locating their favourite place in the world. Some great entries but I couldn’t go past this one:

“Sydney, because I feel at home here and it always feels like the world is visiting”, Yani

Congrats Yani! (I feel like I’m on a game show) Please email me so I can send you out a copy of 52 Suburbs Around the World:

Okay, that’s about as much news as I can handle for one day. But I really do hope you can make it on Wednesday April 2 – great cause and free alcohol – a winning combination for sure.

52 Suburbs Around the World Book

52 Suburbs Around the World Book

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