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/ 


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.

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. She was recently named the 2018 AIPP Victorian Travel Photographer of the Year.

Her work can be viewed at www.miekeboynton.com

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