For as long as I can remember I have always been interested in design, construction and about the aesthetics of the combination of these two elements.
Straight out of school I spent several years training in the fashion industry which was the perfect marriage of my guiding interests.
For me, the fashion industry at its core is all about design and construction. Whilst at college we learnt daily the principles and fundamentals of design, like shape, colour and texture and then at night, I would rush home to design and construct garments using these principles.
To be honest I have never worked a single day employed in the fashion industry as I found at heart the “ruthlessness” of this world didn’t sit well with my personality…I was only 20 years old at the time.
So I did what every 20-something does…I went travelling.
Whilst travelling a found that I had a passion and an eye for photography.
London was also the place where I acquired the managerial skills that would set me on my future professional path.
Photography indulged and balanced the creative and aesthetic side of my personality with my desire to travel and see new horizons.
I spent quite a few years living in London and this is where I started to manage my first small business.
Also whilst in London, I started my journey into website design or what was then known as “Multimedia”.
This is where I began learning programs like Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom, Dreamweaver, Flash and Illustrator which would become the tools of my trade over the next few decades.
After returning from my travels overseas I found myself living and working on Hamilton Island.
Yes, It’s a tough job living in paradise but someone’s gotta do it.
Why Hamilton Island you ask?… Well at the time, pretty much my whole family were living and working on Hamilton Island and because I had lived apart from my family for so long it was for me the place I needed to be.
Whilst living on the island my passion for photography was rekindled as I re-started my career as a professional photographer.
Over the years I have photographed everything from newlyweds to real estate, celebrities to newborns and pretty much everything in between.
I lived and worked on Hamilton Island for an amazing 18 years, where I become the Manager of Hamilton Island Photography.
Nowadays I live in Airlie Beach and I run my own business Justin Blank Photography & Illuminate Web Design.
I still love to combine my passion for photography and travel and I try to holiday every year in unusual and “Off the Beaten Track” countries where I like nothing better than immersing myself in the local environment, always on the lookout for interesting and unusual images and scenes to capture.
It was also this passion that helped me to achieve my “Master’s in Photography” several years ago and I regularly compete in national photographic competitions and have had quite a few successes in a variety of photography competitions.
If you would like to see some of my Award-winning images you can check out my Portfolio Page.
Not to be one to let the grass grow under my feet I have also during my time on Hamilton Island indulged my passion for Website Design and Development.
Freelancing my Website Design business brings all of my life skills to focus in one place.
It allows me to create and develop strong “One on One” business and personal relationships whilst combining my passions for design and construction, aesthetics and photography.
THANKS FOR READING ABOUT ME.
Well, that’s pretty much all about me, without me waffling on too much.