Shannon Koschel

“Beauty is all around you. You just have to open your eyes, your mind and your shutter”. I was born in Wodonga. Raised in Beechworth. I struggled with social skills and changed schools frequently because of bullying. This became the root cause of my depression. My only place of peace was behind the camera and in the dark room. My late father was very artistic and inspired me to be creative. I dabbled in film on and off, stopped taking photos for a few years, then got a digital SLR for my wedding. After that the camera became a part of me. Currently I am studying to be an education support worker in the disability field. I am hoping to gain employment at the local special school. “Batting for Sydney”. This image is of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was selected mainly because of the vanishing point and because it was printed in black and white. I think it shows one of Australia’s most iconic bridges in a different way. It’s ok to be different…

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