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Creations are from her art and soul

By Jennifer Champan, Fraser Coast Chronicle, 2010

SHE IS an accomplished artist and photographer yet her modesty is so great, not many of us would ever have known. 

That is, if she didn’t allow her arm to be twisted so her talents could be revealed to the Fraser Coast. 

Photojournalist Jocelyn Watts was given her first camera – a Box Brownie – when she was eight years old. Just three years later, she won her first prize at a regional photography show. 

Since then, she has rarely been seen without a camera in her hands. Next Door Neighbour

“For me, photography is about capturing moments in time,” explains the Maryborough resident of 18 years. 

“Including,” she adds, “the ever-changing light in landscapes, fleeting moments in sport or at family gatherings and social events – things that happen too quickly to be captured with an artist’s brush. 

“A camera lens can also block out peripheral objects to home-in on patterns, shapes and colours, as in micro photography, that could otherwise be missed by the naked eye.” 

Jocelyn enjoys snapping travel experiences, sport, people, nature, landscape and architecture. 

She has always used Canon equipment and recently upgraded to a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and a 17-40mm wide-angle lens (EF Series). 

Jocelyn is a member of Hervey Bay Photography Club and the Australian Photographic Society. 

“My goal is basically to keep on improving and create the best images I can. If a travel company offered to pay all my expenses, take photos and write, I wouldn’t argue,” she laughs.

“But being more realistic, it would be nice to show my images in an exhibition or coffee table books, or calendars some day. Bagging a few awards, if I were lucky enough, would be a bonus.”

Jocelyn has already won many awards including the photography club’s Colour Print of the Year for 2009. 

In 2003, she swept the pool at the Australian Photographic Society B9 Print folio awards with five first places in Open Print categories. 

Between 1998 and 2009 she added to her collection of another four first prizes at the Fraser Coast Show. 

And in 1999, Jocelyn took home the Qld Country Press Association Awards title of Sport Photo of the Year. 

Jocelyn’s creative (photography) flare was no doubt inherited from her father, an international award-winning photographer, who gave her that beloved Box Brownie. 

But it is not only photography this artist is skilled at. 

“I’ve always drawn, sketched or dabbled in some sort of art or craft. Art was not a subject at the outback school I went to, but soon after leaving I enrolled in an oil painting workshop being run at the town’s cultural centre that my parents co-founded. 

“During the 1980s I designed motifs that I machine-appliquéd on to T-shirts, tops and cloth nappies. 

“After moving to Maryborough in the early 1990s, I was working part-time and in my spare hours delved into painting again, this time with pastels and acrylics as well as oils.”

Jocelyn describes her style as realism but wants to move toward impressionism. 

“I’d be great at counterfeit, if I had the inclination to make a few bucks on the black market,” she jokes. Seriously though, reproductions could be a speciality.”

Jocelyn has not yet held a solo exhibition, for art or photography, but is hopeful that day won’t be too far away.”

 

 

Discover the outback sky at Uluru Astronomy Weekend

ASTRONOMY enthusiasts of all ages can discover the spectacular Australian outback sky at Ayers Rock Resort’s upcoming Uluru Astronomy Weekend on 26-28 August 2016.

Science journalist and ABC radio broadcaster Robyn Williams, as well as leading astronomers, will host the popular annual event is run in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics.

The enlightening stargazing weekend will include fun family activities, an outdoor cinema experience, discussions on astro-statistics, astro-photography, Aboriginal astronomy and navigation of the outback sky, how the universe began, Einstein’s theory on space and much more.

For a full astronomical experience, guests can join one or more of the optional Signature Events* including an Astro Trivia Lunch and the Stellar Starlit Dinner. This dining experience under the stars includes a bush tucker-inspired buffet accompanied by Australian wines and beers, Aboriginal dance performance and guided tour of the night sky by Robyn Williams and guest astronomers.

“Australia’s Red Centre is arguably one of the best places in the world to explore the galaxies in the night sky, with its low humidity and minimal light pollution. This weekend will inspire both those familiar with astronomy and those new to studying the cosmos,” said Voyages CEO Andrew Williams.

Guests visiting Ayers Rock Resort for the Astronomy Weekend can also experience Field of Light Uluru – the global light art phenomenon by internationally acclaimed artist Bruce Munro which is at Ayers Rock Resort until 31 March 2017.

* Charges apply for Signature Events – refer to www.ayersrockresort.com.au/events/detail/uluru-astronomy-weekend

For further information go to: www.ayersrockresort.com.au

For bookings contact travel@voyages.com.au or 1300 134 044

About Ayers Rock Resort

Ayers Rock Resort provides a variety of accommodation from the premium Sails in the Desert Hotel, Award-winning Desert Gardens Hotel, self-contained Emu Walk Apartments, the authentic Outback Pioneer Hotel and Lodge and Ayers Rock Campground. Ayers Rock Resort is managed by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia.

About Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation and manages tourism and resorts on its behalf. Voyages offers unique experiences and cultural immersion in spectacular locations around Australia including Ayers Rock Resort in the Northern Territory, Home Valley Station in The Kimberley in Western Australia and the Mossman Gorge Centre, in Tropical North Queensland.

Profits from all business activities are re-invested in the Indigenous and resort experiences and through the various training and development programs in place around Australia.

 

PHOTO: Peter J Ward, courtesy of Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia

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