At Suncare, we always try to match interests of clients to the staff that visit them. And for Russell and Support Worker Aleasha, it was just a click of the camera away!
Russell, who now lives in Bundaberg with his wife Megan, began his love of photography with underwater shots taken in Jarvis Bay. When the couple started their own business in Bundaberg in 1991, Russell joined the local photography club and changed his passion to macro-photography, the art of close-up photography, focussing on the insect world. With the onset of Parkinson’s disease, Russell retired and started his services with Suncare.
Local Care Coordinator, Fiona, saw Russell’s beautiful photos when she visited him and, enjoying photography herself, introduced Aleasha to Russell. Aleasha was new to photography but, using a spare camera Russell had, she loved every minute! Soon, the three of them were taking beautiful pictures of the sunset and, the rest is history. Aleasha and Russell now regularly head out to enjoy their hobby. “Any spot is a good spot. There is something different to take photos of in every new place” says Russell. And not forgetting the mandatory chocolate milkshake that ends every session!
Megan often paints the photos Russell takes and her talents were recognised when she won First Prize in the Parkinson Picasso Competition. “I have been painting since 2000 and enjoy the creativity” says Megan.
Both Aleasha and Russell appreciate how relaxed they feel when taking pictures and Megan agrees. “Russell always comes back with a smile. He is anxious when he leaves the house but comes back full of stories and beautiful photos”.