Fifty-five-year-old Goondiwindi local Vicki Murphy was not put off by her five hour round-trip to Toowoomba to complete her Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging.

Forty years ago as a teenager Vicki's interest for photography first sparked when working on her school magazine and taking the family photos. Over the years her love for photography grew while living in a rural environment, and Vicki turned the camera to capture nature, animals and landscapes.

Vicki and her husband own many businesses, and with a desire to help improve them she enrolled into her diploma. Now Vicki incorporates her new skills to help advertise these businesses across a variety of channels including social media.

"Travelling from Goondiwindi to study at Toowoomba was exhausting, in the early part of the course most days I travelled the five hours and studied six to seven hours at TAFE Queensland," said Vicki.

"It was very difficult at times due to my workload and family business commitments," she said.

"This course helped me understand photography and the software used to edit photos. The software we used during the course was Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom. I still need lots of practice on them, before I call myself proficient," said Vicki.

As part of the course each photography student submitted an image to be a part of an exhibition to show the skills they learnt throughout the course. Vicki's piece portrayed 'Clancy of the Overflow' from the poet Banjo Peterson, 1889.

Vicki Murphy photography student

"It's like my life; my life as a bookkeeper and getting stuck in the office with the beauty of the surroundings, but feeling trapped and fancying the life outdoors."

"The dog within the image is my working Kelpie Hebel, who is caring for her sheep in the morning sun, and the man, my husband, illustrates the man penning the letters to 'Clancy of the Overflow'," she said.


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