Irwin Partridge featuring one of his own images.

Irwin Partridge is laughing all the way to Christmas.

Irwin Partridge has lived in the Nambucca Valley for over fifty years, which is almost as young as he says he is.

Irwin Partridge featuring one of his own images.
Irwin Partridge featuring one of his own images.

You may recognise Irwin from his work in the service industry which, ironically, is how he developed his now favourite hobby. Irwin recalls, “I had been working at Caltex for some time, my boss at the time had a Canon 60D and would frequently talk about photography. I thought to myself, I could do that”, and as he says, the rest is history.

Purchasing his own camera shortly after, Irwin began taking photos of local landmarks, flora, and fauna, and, of course, obliging family and friends. Now, Irwin sees the world through the lens of his camera, “I am always thinking about how something may look in a photo and from what angle”, this is metaphorical for the photographer, with his ability to capture special moments changing how he sees the world. Irwin explains, “I don’t remember much of Christmas from my own childhood, to be honest, so I love taking photos of the kids and grandkids enjoying Christmas and watching them change and grow over the years”.

While he enjoys capturing those he loves, Irwin says his enjoyment comes from a challenge.”I attend the local camera club, talking with other photographers and seeing their work, the challenges set among us, it pushes me to be more innovative and to constantly improve”. While Irwin may enjoy the company of others within his craft, his best work, he says, is captured on a whim, “from a lizard basking in the sun in the front yard to the bridge on my way home from dinner”.

It’s clear that the beautiful backdrop that is the Nambucca Valley only serves to encourage the photographer, and he has no plans to stop, “I want people to enjoy my photography, but I also hope it shows them who I am and what I`m interested in”, he continues, “I’m easy going, open, and interested in the world”. Most of all, Irwin hopes that in the business of life, people will slow down to notice the small details he is able to capture through his camera, from the funny behaviours of animals to the small variations in colour of a flower petal, this, he says, is the perfect reminder of a life well lived during the Christmas season.

You can see more of Irwin`s work here:

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