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An interview with Bluedog Tutor Cathy Finch

November 8, 2012

Leading to Christmas we have asked each of our tutors here at Bluedog Photography a series of questions. First up is Cathy Finch. Cathy is based in Toowoomba and runs some of classes in Toowoomba.

Q. Tell us briefly your photography journey to date.
A. My photography went hand-in-hand with travel writing and I also ventured into being on staff with newspapers covering primarily news and sport.
Q. What inspires you – photographically?
A. Documentary photography…where one picture can speak on behalf of a nation. 
Q. What is a highlight of 2012?
A. Travelling to Nepal to capture not just the magnitude of the world’s highest mountains but the spirit and beauty of the people.
Q. Do you have a ‘most memorable’ moment to date?
A. There are many but more recently an outback helicopter flight with an aerial musterer.  The chopper had only two seats, no doors and the pilot sat in stubbies, thongs and sucked on a cigarette.  I wasn’t clipped in but he banked and rolled this chopper like a matchbox car, up and down Coopers Creek where the birdlife was prolific.  I insisted I didn’t have the squadrons of pelicans we were mustering in the right light just so I could do it again and again.
Q. What lens can’t you live without?
Wide angle
Q.  What is your favourite type of shoot (and why)?
A. Travel because every year I say I’m staying home but every month I continue to live for my next boarding pass.
Q.  What do you do in your spare time?
A. Run, Ride, Climb, Swim, Scuba Dive and Travel.
Q.   What’s your best 2012 photography advice or quick tip?
A. When hiking or going on a long trip, wear your gear around your waist – backpacks are a pain in the neck.

Q. What are your plans or highlights for 2013?
A. To stop every evening for sunset.
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 Aerial pelicans Coopers Creek.
Image by Cathy Finch
 Sun rising over Mt Everest.
Image by Cathy Finch
Way to Everest.
Image by Cathy Finch
Morning Mountains.
Image by Cathy Finch

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