It was an honour and a thrill to be interviewed by The Guardian from London at the 2018 Commonwealth Games! Thank you for the story!
Click on the amazing image by Carly Earl to read the article!
It was a great honour and humbling to be acknowledged for the 2018 Australia Day Awards
The presentation was at the Eltham Community Reception Centre where other recipients were attending the awards.
The Jagajaga Community awards was presented to Andrew by Jenny Macklin Federal MP
This was in acknowledgement for his prodigious fundraising for the Research CFA and his advocacy for the vision impaired.
It was humbling to be amongst other great community organisations and great people who received Awards for all there hard work that they do in the local community.
I recently did a weekend trip to the Wimmera Mallee region of Victoria to do the Art Silo Trails.
It was my first time in this part of Country Victoria and as we are in the middle of summer it was hot with day time temperatures in the low 40s.
History of the Silo Art Trails
Founded in 2015, Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim with neighbouring towns Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.
Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s.
The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town.
The Silo Art Trail was conceived in 2015 after the success of the first silo artwork in Brim. What started as a small community project by the Brim Active Community Group and artist Guido van Helten resulted in widespread international media attention and an influx of visitors to the region. It was here that the idea for a trail was born.
The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.
It was a fantastic expeericance as this is part of Victoria I have never visited.
Well worth the effort to see the region.
Other highlights was photographing around the silos where old disused railway stations where the rail lines are lifted and the stations are run down and rotting away. Sad to see but you get the feeling that the stations were a hub of activity in it’s day.
Looking at going back to the region in winter as it will give a different feel to a new series of images.
Many thanks to Jack Hamer for his very kind help in driving me to all the locations and a huge thanks to Leo (My Guide Dog) puppy raiser who looked after him for the weekend.
Brim – Guido Van Helten
Patchewollock – Fintan Magee
Rupanyup – Julia Volchkova
Sheep Hills – Adnate
Lascelles – Rone
Rosebery – Kaff-eine
(click on images to enlarge)
It was brilliant to be invited by the Melbourne Exotic Car Club to do a photo shoot for some of Melbourne’s high-end Exotic Cars, from raging Lamborghini’s to an exceptionally rare Mercedes AMG GTR. The shoot took place at an old disused Mill Factory in Newport, Melbourne, taking the concept of the old/new contrast to a whole new meaning.
Photographing some of Melbourne’s most desirable cars was a great honour, along with being a great thrill in itself. Whilst I was working hard, my guide dog Leo had a much easier time, simply eyeing down, trying to choose his next purchase. We were looked after on site by a good friend, as I orchestrated the cars to different spots around the Mill to get that magic shot.
Thank you to all the car owners and the management of MECC for a sensational afternoon of photographing.
If you would like to enquire on a photoshoot for your car, please do not hesitate to email me at email@example.com
Andrew bonding with his new guide dog Leo. 1 September 2017. The Age News. Photo: Eddie Jim.
An ecstatic day for 93 Guide Dog Victoria graduates over the weekend! The largest cohort of Guide Dogs to graduate at once in the history of Guide Dogs Victoria, Leo proudly walking to receive his undergrad diploma. It has been a rough time for Leo’s guardian, Andrew, but the ever-growing bond between this loving team is one that will surely be remembered. Andrew stated with joy; “He is very lovable and always wanting to work”. The duo has been fortunate enough to feature in the Age, representing Guide Dogs Victoria, who have been by Andrew’s side for more than 10 years.
Read the article by hitting the amazing picture taken by Eddie Jim or by clicking here!
17 November 2016
The old boys health went down very quickly over the last week. Took him to the vets this morning and did an ultrasound which found cancer on his spleen and lumps on his liver. The decision was made at the vets to put him to rest.
My heart is broken.
Knowing I have done the right thing is truly the best for him.
Eamon has been one awesome epic brilliant dog and i will truely miss him.
He is in doggy heaven now where I know he will be at peace.
Eamon was a remarkable Guide Dog as he gave so much to me as I gave so much back to him.
Sleep well Eamon, my best friend.
Love you so much.
LOVE FACTOR 10…
Eamon in profile in the setting sun
Love, true love
Eamon and Andrew Follows with Andrew Denton
Eamon’s 12th birthday
The camera love’s me 🙂
Together with the Boss in Edinburgh
The eyes have it…
We had so many laughs together!
I’m so handsome
What a profile
What is this white stuff?
Such a gorgeous man
Who’s the BOSS! Thanks for the fun times and for being my guide in life Eamon, love you always and forever…
Eamon and I did a presentation at Guide Dogs Victoria on 18 October 2016, handing over a cheque for $4,025.00, money raised from Eamon’s Soul Mates exhibition.
Eamon and Andrew Follows presenting a cheque to Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes