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.
AWARDS & MEDIA
- My shot of the mountains in Tenerife was selected as an Editors’ favourite in the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition 2018.
- Featured in Sokomag as “Urban Hero” for the April 2018 edition (German).
Winner Inaugural Cystic Fibrosis Western Australia 65 Roses Award 2016
Canon Australia featured photo in the 2015 yearbook, a limited edition collection of exclusive photographs
Third place Visit Broome Photography Competition 2015
Feature article and cover photo for Red magazine Edition 2 2017
- West Australian Article – Paul Michael Cycle
- Featured album on Western Australia Facebook page: WA Through the Lens of Paul Michael
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.