TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF!
Hello, my name is Irene Dunne. I live on beautiful Bribie Island which is located on the south-east Queensland coast, Australia. My parents were Ukrainian, and I was born in a Refuge Camp in Germany. Our family arrived in Australia a week before I turned one. I have been married for 54 years and we have 4 beautiful daughters and 5 grandchildren. Over the years my creative side has seen cake decorating, sewing, cooking, painting, scrapbooking, and photography.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TAKING A PHOTO A DAY?
My journey began in 2015. At that time, I was a passionate scrapbooker and I wanted to improve my photographic skills. I found and joined Katrina Kennedy’s CY365, and it was the best decision I made. When her site ended, I thought I would take a break, but it left a void, my passion for photography was still there so I moved forward and joined this amazing group 365 Picture Today.
WHAT PROMPTS ARE YOUR FAVOURITES AND WHICH ONE DO YOU DREAD?
I mostly look forward to landscapes, colour week, and food. I used to dread self-portraits, but it is becoming easier. I am embracing the fact that at 70+, wrinkles are OK. The one prompt that I find difficult is the Flat lays.
WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING YOU HAVE EVER PHOTOGRAPHED?
I was going around a roundabout when I spotted a snake, a HUGE snake. I pulled over and on closer inspection saw it was a Python halfway into devouring a fruit bat.
WHAT TIP DO YOU WISH YOU HAD KNOWN SOONER?
The biggest lesson I have learnt is to NOT compare my photography skills to others. My photography has improved from when I first started. I am a work in progress.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
Definitely in the gallery – this community is awesome and so supportive. Also, on Instagram and YouTube.