About

These days, I regard myself as something of a ‘Self-Expressionist’ rather than a Photographer.
 
This has come about because of my changing interests. I still love Photography, though it does have a different meaning for me these days.
 
I started photographing in 1982 and very quickly, it became a major part of my life. I joined Campbelltown Camera Club in 1986 and remained a member till 2014. I was also a founding member of Southern Highlands Photographic Society and was a member there from 2004 to 2016. I still photograph, though not as much as I used to and my gear selection will change shortly, too as I look to smaller, lighter gear that suits my current purposes.
 
Whilst I did draw and paint as a child, I didn’t see it as a career path and occasionally, throughout my life I would have spurts of drawing though I never really considered myself any good at it.
 
I do remember getting interested again in the early 1990s and still have the sketches.
 
It wasn’t until 2010 that I took a basic Drawing course and also started to dabble in Watercolour, though that didn’t last very long and I soon started venturing into Acrylic and sometime later, Oils.
 
In 2008 I joined Toastmasters International which has really boosted my general confidence through participation at meetings, writing speeches, speech practice and competing in Club, Area and Division speech contests. 
 
In 2013, I wrote my first Poem, ‘And I Know That I Will’ on a whim basically. I had been interested in Poetry ever since school and can only remember attempting to write some on a holiday once (still have them) though when I look back at them… I must have been a dreamy state that day!
 
I have been writing poems (which for some time I have been doing via a Fountain Pen) and then upload to this Blog. 
 
Over the past 3-4 years, Photography seemed to be taking up less and less of my time and Oil painting was taking over. 
 
In late 2018, I started getting interested in Watercolour again and on Australia Day, 26 January 2019 I decided to set myself a goal of doing a ‘Watercolour Sketch A Day’ and as at yesterday, I’ve managed to do that 608 days in a row. Along the way, I have taken up an interest in, ‘Line and Wash’ as well.
 
There is no specific number as a goal, it is just to do a ‘Watercolour Sketch A Day’ so that I can obtain consistent practice as I really want to improve at sketching, drawing and painting.
 
I have been enjoying this ‘creative journey’ immensely. If I had to sum it all up, I guess I love to ‘express my personal interpretations of the world via a brush, pigment, words or a camera.’
 
I wonder where this creative journey will take me next?
 
 
David Johnson
26 September 2020
 
Achievements:
 
Toastmasters International: 
  • Distinguished Toastmaster
  • 3 x 1st in Toastmasters Club &  2 x Area International Speech Contests
  • Twice President of Toastmasters Clubs 
  • Triple Crown Educational Award
  • Served at District level
  • Served as a Club Coach
Photography:
  • 1st S.I.E.P. (Sydney International Exhibition of Photography)
  • 3rd Sutherland National Exhibition of Photography
  • Multiple Acceptances at National Photographic Exhibitions
  • 30+ 1st’s at Camera Clubs/Photographic Societies
  • Photographic Judge (to National level) since 1995
Painting:
  • Sold 3 Watercolour paintings
  • Had a Oil painting on display at the Dragonfly Community Gallery
  • A selection of my Oil paintings and Watercolour paintings were displayed at the ‘Back To Business’ networking event in Macarthur in late 2020
Poetry
  • Have written over 400 Poems to date
Blogging:
  • Blogging every month since 2013
Committees:
  • Served on Committees of various organisations since 1986
Member of:

Facebook Groups

Websites that relate to me:

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7 thoughts on “About

  1. Very nice! Is that your beautiful painting behind the title above? Painting is a wonderful expression as is poetry. Have you ever checked out the German artist Carsten Wylen, who has the Brush Park Water Colors blog on WP, He is amazing!!
    Dwight

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      1. Yes, this is one I painted a few years ago. I like trying a variety of different things when I paint. Some of them work and some don’t. Glad you enjoyed it.
        Yes Carsten is a WoW painter!!

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