Illawarra Mercury photographers have produced a multimedia insight into their field, launching a Facebook page to help engage budding photographers in the region.
The photography department plans to mentor young photographers and engage with the local professional community through social media.
Pictorial editor Kirk Gilmour said the project was designed to establish stronger links with other photographers, both professional and aspiring.
‘‘We have eight photographers here who are very committed, visually creative and want to catch a reader’s eye,’’ he said.
‘‘Between us all, we have 197 years of experience and plenty of stories to go around.’’
Gilmour won a prestigious Walkley award in 2009 for a picture capturing a couple braving a summer storm at Towradgi Beach.
Since starting out as a cadet at the Mercury 35 years ago, there had been many highs and lows, he said.
‘‘You come into work and you don’t know what you’re going out to photograph or see,’’ he said.
‘‘So that’s the high, the adrenalin and anticipation.
‘‘Then follows the low, you may go to a serious motor vehicle accident or a fire and it’s carnage or grief.
‘‘You just have to push through and do your job, which is to record a moment in time.’’
One of the highlights of Gilmour’s career was covering the National Soccer League grand final win of the Wollongong Wolves in 2000.
‘‘It was held in Perth and the stadium was a full house, about 200 Wollongong supporters and nearly 40,000 Perth supporters,’’ he said.
‘‘I’ve seen a lot of football and no-one comes back from three-nil down.
‘‘For them to come back from that and then win the grand final in a penalty shoot-out, it was incredible.
‘‘I’ve been to a World Cup, and that was mind blowing, but just to see a local team silence that stadium, that was a high.
‘‘But you still have to do your job, you’ve got to focus.’’
Click here to view a larger view of the video where the photographers explain what photography means to them and showcase a history of some of their favourite photos.