Not long after I resigned from my old job in Rockhampton, I rang my mother to share my many feelings about my impending move to Melbourne. I didn’t get far into my lament before she interrupted.

“Well darling,” she said, “you just have to say to yourself, ‘it’s good-bye to all that‘.”

Unlike Robert Graves’ self-described leave-taking of England, my departure from regional Queensland and journalism hasn’t been bitter. It mightn’t even be permanent. It is the end of a chapter though, and one I want to commemorate – if only for my own amusement.

Fellow photographer Allan Allport recently put together a hard-copy book of his favourite photos from the thousands he’s taken over the past few years. I thought it was a good idea, so I designed one of my own using the dual powers of InDesign and Blurb.com. I decided to order a single copy for myself and put the eBook version up for people to download. 

SO: Hometowns 2009 – 2012 is an eBook containing more than 50 digital and film photos from work, home and in-between; taken in Brisbane, Toowoomba, the Sunshine Coast, Emerald and Rockhampton. There are no live music photos though – that’s for a separate book.

It’s available as a pay-what-you-want download at my online store. Yes, $0 is an option.

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