Thursday, 8 March 2012

Stockist Spotlight - Naomi of Calumma Images

Who are you?
I grew up in Elmore and Bendigo before heading off to North Queensland to study Marine Biology and Zoology. Since finishing my studies I have worked in a number of countries around the world, mostly on the conservation of endangered species. My job as a Marine Biologist and Zoologist has meant I have been able to travel to some of the world’s most amazing places and see firsthand many of its amazing wild creatures. My family still live in Bendigo and so I am home as often as I can be and always look forward to spending time back in Central Victoria.

do you make?

I make handmade cards and bookmarks that feature original photographs. I focus on wildlife, especially endangered animals, and landscapes from around the world. Many of the handmade photo cards I make use recycled or handmade card or envelopes. I can’t always control this so I ensure a percentage of the profits from my products support conservation work and projects around the world. I have also started to print and mount larger versions of a number of the photos.

When did you get started?
I have been carrying my camera around with me on adventures, above and below the water, for many years now and making handcrafted and designed photographic cards from my favorite wildlife images for a while. I had mostly just by printing the photos and sticking them on handmade cards and initially I made them just for friends and family. With everyone spending more and more time using email and computers to stay in touch I made an effort to send postcards to my friends from places I was visiting from work and so also started using my images to make postcards. I have recently branched out a bit after some encouragement to share some of the images a bit wider and a friend helped me set up a photo blog website.

Why do you make your 'thing'?
I have always been fascinated by animals and landscapes and often got frustrated by the lack of postcards and greeting cards available in locations around the world that feature images of the amazing wildlife I was seeing, especially the endangered ones and the smaller little known ones. So I started to make my own to send to friends and family. I always try and include information on the animals featured on the cards and bookmarks as time permits.

Where to next for you? (what direction do you see your work heading in?)
I want to continue to take images of wildlife from all over the world. With a new position working in South East Asia combating illegal wildlife trade I want to try and use my work to raise awareness of some of the unique, threatened and little known animals from around the world.

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