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PAUL MICHAEL

Photography has long been a passion of mine, but before I’d picked up a camera Mum said I’d be a photographer. Partly because I was obsessed with nature and (mostly) because it was hard to imagine me having a ‘real’ job.

 

FROM NEW ZEALAND TO AUSTRALIA

New Zealand is an incredible place to grow up, especially for an aspiring photographer. But it wasn’t until I moved to Australia that I began to take photography seriously. I was living in Sydney when I was offered a job in Broome taking photographs for the famous Broome Camel Safaris

Broome is famous for sunsets, and over the following three years I witnessed more than most people will in a lifetime. I took countless photos and ran miles every day trying to get the best angles in constantly changing light. Before long I had developed my own style and found that some of my work was in demand; My photographs were used in brochures and posters, and frequently shared on social media by Tourism Australia and Western Australia. In time I also started to receive requests for printed works, weddings and commercial work.

 

FROM AUSTRALIA TO GERMANY

Photographing camels is a unique way to make a living, and the lifestyle in Broome hard to beat. But in 2016 I challenged myself to ride a bike 4,000km across Europe and raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia. During this adventure I realised I still had a desire to experience more of the world before settling in one place. So, soon after returning, I left Broome and the camels behind to move to Heidelberg, Germany. Living in Germany has so far been a big change of culture and scenery (not to mention climate!), but I am enjoying the challenge. I plan to stay in Germany until 2019, but will be available for work throughout Europe and Internationally during this time.

photographer on cable beach

Cable Beach, Broome photo: from.miles.away

AWARDS & MEDIA

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Being presented with the 2017 Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser award by Australian Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove at Admiralty House in Sydney.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS AMBASSADOR

I was born with Cystic fibrosis at a time when surviving until adulthood was a rarity. CF is incurable and can be a severely debilitating disease, but I’m a huge advocate for maintaining an active lifestyle and a positive outlook. I believe these two factors have enabled me to pursue the life I now live.

In 2016 I cycled 4,000km solo across Europe for Cystic Fibrosis awareness. I raised over $20,000, but more importantly I wanted to highlight the importance of physical exercise in battling CF. In the future I hope to set myself more physical challenges in order to promote this message. For now, though, you can read about my last adventure in my blog.

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