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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.”

 

 

Timing is everything for your wedding!

By Jocelyn Watts

With so many superb ceremony, photography and reception sites offering on the Fraser Coast, choosing the best for your wedding can be difficult.

Among the myriad things to consider, you will also need to think about timing. You might want a traditional church wedding in Maryborough and have a favourite restaurant in Hervey Bay but when it comes to timing, the travel distance between the two cities will impact on your overall plan for the day. And getting from one venue to the next during wet weather is not only uncomfortable, it’s hazardous.

Photos: JOCELYN WATTS

Photos: JOCELYN WATTS

Barbeler wedding

If time is short, the places where you and your family dress, the ceremony site, choice of photography locations and reception venue should all be short distances apart.

Without much traffic to worry about, you’re more likely to get to ceremony on time and you’ll have more time between that site and the reception venue for photography. Plus, the day will run more smoothly for family and guests if they can walk from their motel rooms to the ceremony and reception, and enjoy a few drinks, without worrying about their cars.

In terms of convenience, my top choice for Fraser Coast weddings is Susan River Homestead, located halfway between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

The adventure resort has a number of stunning outdoor spots ideal for wedding ceremonies and photography but if Mother Nature delivers rain on the day, the bride can be driven directly to an undercover car park and arrive totally dry.

The ceremony can also be held undercover just outside the restaurant and photos taken inside. Not only that, with motel rooms onsite, the groom, his attendants, family and guests can all dress and simply walk about 100 metres undercover and arrive dry at your wedding.

Popular close-by combinations on the Fraser Coast include:

CEREMONY
PHOTOGRAPHY RECEPTION ACCOMMODATION
Fraser Coast
Susan River Homestead Susan River Susan River Susan River
Maryborough
St Paul’s Anglican Church Town Hall Greens Carrier’s Arms Hotel Carrier’s Arms Hotel
St Mary’s Catholic Church Queen’s Park Brolga Theatre/Gusto Kimba Lodge
Mary River Parklands Wharf Street Brolga Theatre/Gusto McNevins Motel
Queen’s Park Queen’s Park Brolga Theatre/Gusto McNevins Motel
Hervey Bay
Pier Park, Urangan Urangan Pier Pavilion by the Pier Akama Resort
Dayman Point, Urangan Urangan Pier Waterfront Restaurant Mantra Hervey Bay
Quota Park, Urangan Urangan Pier Bayswater Hotel Peppers Pier Resort
ESA Park, Pt Vernon Beach Gatakers Landing Rest. White Crest Apartments
Fraser Island
Kingfisher Bay Resort Sunset Beach Seabelle Restaurant Kingfisher Bay Resort

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Etch marriage vows in sand

By guest blogger TONI McRAE, Australian print and broadcast journalist.

Imagine exchanging your marriage vows in sand, billions of years old and rock solid.
Rock solid? Yes, because sand comes from rock, coral, shells – and the beginnings of time itself.
The Sand Wedding Ceremony symbolises unity and is growing in popularity as couples start their new life’s journey together.
In early sand ceremonies the couple tossed handfuls of sand together into the wind. The grains combined and could not of course be separated, thus symbolising unity and eternity.
Many of today’s sand celebrations honour both families and the vases are kept as a treasured reminder of eternal togetherness.

Here’s one way of tying the knot in and with sand:

Choose three beautiful glass vases. Place one coloured sand into one vase, a second colour into another vase. This is designed to represent the couple.
At the right moment in the service, the groom or male partner pours a portion of his sand into the third vase. The bride or female partner then pours a portion of her sand on top of the groom’s and into the third vase.
Finally, the couple jointly pours the remaining sand into each of their vases and into the central vase. Two symbolically then become one.

Here is an original selection of special words each and both can say at the combining of the coloured sands.

I wish for us these sands of time to unite, inspire, and heal.
I wish for us the continuity of the billions of years represented in these sands.
I wish for us the smoothness of these sands as we too move across the waters of life, together.
May our commitment, our love be as ever-lasting as these sands of endless time.

You can also include children in this beautiful ceremony by using more sand colours.

Why not engrave the vases with initials, names and the wedding date making them a moving keepsake for years to come?

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