A little about the speakers at Dinner Plain 2018

Les Walkling

Dr. Les Walkling is an artist, educator and consultant. He studied science and philosophy at Monash University before turning to fine art photography in 1975, receiving Australia Council Arts grants and exhibiting widely.

He has exhibited widely, including the retrospective one-person show ‘So to Live as to Dream’ at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1990. His work is also represented in many public collections including The Center for Creative Photography (Arizona), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), and The National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne).

Les Walkling is a leading authority on fine art photography and digital image making and is perhaps Australia’s most admired and respected authority when it comes to the printing process. He is not only interested in the creative side of photography, but he is an acknowledged expert on the finer points of colour management and printmaking.

Gina Milicia

Gina is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’ both in studio and on location, especially when working with people.

Gina also mentors enthusiasts and professionals – individuals who want to improve their skills in photography, post-production and directing. She is generous with her wealth of knowledge too – showing you how to turn your skills into a profitable business as well as her secret-squirrel shooting hacks to help you nail that shot – every time.

Gina will run several portrait workshops at Dinner Plain including posing and directing, how to connect with your model, working with speed lights on location, and creating moody portraits. See more of Gina’s work on her web site – https://ginamilicia.com/ 

Russell Ord

From Rugby League player and Fireman to award winning Ocean and Lifestyle photographer, Russell Ord found his passion through adventure and the discovery of the untouched/unseen wilderness.

Based in Waipu Cove NZ, Russell’s photos blend the environment with real life story telling, his work has been published in magazines and books throughout the world, was awarded the 2016 IPA International Sports Photographer Of the Year at the prestigious Lucie Awards and exhibited in Germany at Photokina 2016 and Tokyo Japan 2017 for FujiFilm.

His life and work has been the subject of the documentary “One Shot” which was broadcasted nationally by the ABC in a seven part art series and internationally through Film festivals and Garage Entertainment. (www.oneshotdoco.com)

“Its more than just moments in time, its about the connection with people and the environment, creating content that reflects this very essence” – Russell Ord. You can see more of Russell’s work on his web site http://www.russellordphoto.com

Warren Keelan

“Hello. My name is Warren Keelan, I am a seascape and ocean photographer living on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
I spend most of my days alongside or within the ocean, interpreting what I see through the medium of digital photography.

I’ve always had a fascination with nature, especially the ocean and its ever changing forms, and I am compelled to capture and share what I feel are special and unique moments in the sea. I love the raw, unpredictable nature of water in motion and the way sunlight brings it all to life, from both above and below the surface. For me, the challenge is creating an image that hopefully tells a story or leaves an impression on the viewer.

In 2013 Warren opened his first photo gallery in Wollongong where he am extremely privileged to be able to showcase and sell printed works to both local and international clients.

“Warren Keelan is a multi-international award winning seascape and ocean photographer based in the Illawarra South Coast region of NSW, Australia. His images have been awarded highly in the prestigious photographic competitions: International Landscape Photographer of the Year, International Photo Awards, International Monochrome Awards, Epson International Pano, Siena International & International Loupe Awards and has received local and international recognition via TV, radio & newspapers. See more of Warren’s work on his web site – https://www.warrenkeelan.com 

Nat Ord

Natalie’s love of photography was initially spurred by a life-long love of the great outdoors. Before becoming a full-time photographer, Natalie was an environmental scientist. She could be found knee deep in the Murray river, undertaking fauna surveys in the Alps and working with landholders to improve the biodiversity values on their properties.

Then, aged 21, Natalie went on a trip that changed her life. An environmental exchange program to California took her to new landscapes including Yosemite National Park where the famous photographer Ansel Adams once roamed. She was bitten by the travel bug and has since toured and photographed extensively within Australia and overseas. Her online gallery has attracted over a million visits and she has exhibited and received a Commendation  in the Sony World Photography Organisation London, been a finalist in the International Macquarie Photography Prize, Hume Bank Acquisitive Contemporary Art Award, MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize and won the International Women’s Day photography competition, received the John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship 2016 ,featured in Digital Photography Magazine, a finalist in the 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize . Natalie has developed a diverse portfolio of work – whether as a travel photographer, intrepidly photographing for a nude portrait shoot in Death Valley, Nevada in searing 50 degree heat, or on-stage photographing high-calibre musicians including Cold Chisel, Carlos Santana, John Mayer, The Doobie Brothers, The Wailers, Chris Isaak and Bonnie Raitt.

This experience has equipped Natalie with razor sharp technical skills, the capacity to adapt quickly to the unique challenges of every filming environment and the ability to stay cool and positive under pressure.

Natalie is a member of the The World Photography Organisation, Arts Law Australia, The Wangaratta Camera Club.

Natalie is a Creative Guide for Vagabond Photographic and her web site is here – http://manifeastophotography.com.au

Mieke Boynton

In 2008, Mieke Boynton moved to the Kimberley region of Western Australia and fell in love with the vast, ancient, rugged countryside with its vivid colours, expansive skies and distinctive boab trees… and at the same time, she discovered the joys of landscape photography.

After 10 years of juggling full-time work and a fledgling photography business, she has recently returned to North-East Victoria to focus exclusively on photography. She specialises in aerial and landscape photography, and has travelled regularly over the past few years, both internationally and within Australia, in search of beautiful places and magic light. Her photos of Norway, Patagonia, Namibia, Indonesia, New Zealand, Tasmania and the Kimberley have won numerous International awards, and she has achieved Grand Master status with the Australian Photographic Society.

You can see more of her work at www.miekeboynton.com and Mieke (pronounced “Meeka”) posts regularly to both Facebook and Instagram (@MiekeBoyntonPhotography).

Greg Gibbs

Greg Gibbs is an Australian based astrophotographer who developed a passion for photographing the beauty of the night sky after experimenting with long exposures and capturing the core of the Milky Way with his first DSLR “by sheer coincidence”.  He has developed his craft by combining his knowledge of astronomy and his enjoyment of night photography in this fascinating genre. He has an extensive following of loyal fans on Facebook who keep up to date with his current projects and celestial events. You can see more of Greg’s work here – http://www.capturingthenight.com and via his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CapturingTheNight/

Jason Robbins

Jason is an award-winning and AIPP-accredited Wedding, Commercial and Landscape Photographer with a distinctive photographic style of incorporating portraiture and events within the natural environment. Based in stunning North East Victoria, Jason is ideally located to the Alpine Wine Regions & High Country and easily accessible to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. You can see more of Jason’s work on his website – http://jasonrobinsphotography.com/ and on social media.

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