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That was 2023

West-Melbourne 5K Foam Fest

Well, 2023 has been the most interesting year in the history of Travel Photos (Asia / Australia). There are a lot of things to celebrate. So, here are some of the highlights:

Andrew attended the Melbourne International Airshow

Lockheed C-130J Hercules of the Royal Australian Air Force doing a night time flare drop
A RAAF C-130 Hercules demonstrating missile defence flares.

It was the first post-pandemic Avalon airshow. It was awesome to see so many people attending, such a great variety of aeroplanes.

A stunning range of images were got on the day, and we can’t wait to share them in a future publication.

Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Growler
Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet Growler
Lockheed Martin F35 Lighting II of the RAAF
Scenes at the Avalon International Airshow. Lockheed Martin F35 Lighting II of the RAAF

Andrew attended the Benalla & Tocumwal Airshows

One of the main reasons to attend was to get an awesome series of images for the aircraft encyclopedia. It was due this Christmas season, but I’d rather ensure there is sufficient info (and photos) of common and important aircraft. Stay tuned.

Flying displays at the first Benalla Airshow held in 2023
Flying displays at the first Benalla Airshow held in 2023
Flying displays at the first Benalla Airshow held in 2023
A low pass by a Grumman Avenger
An Edge 540 doing a high speed low pass with smoke on in front of the crowd at the Benalla Airshow 2023
An Edge 540 doing a high speed low pass with smoke on in front of the crowd at the Benalla Airshow 2023
Aircraft at the Tocumwal Airshow in September 2023

Books were published

Book cover for "How to do Photographic Story Telling"
Book cover for “How to do Photographic Story Telling”
Photo Biography or Photo Book is a visual story about you
Andrew presents our philosophy and explain how we create our style of visual story telling. Available on Apple Books, Kindle, and hard copy on Blurb.
How to do Photographic Story Telling
Andrew explains aesthetic theory, what visual story telling means, and how to think about composition.

More detail here.

Future Ancestors: A book of generated stories, by Andrew Blyth
Future Ancestors: A book of generated stories, by Andrew Blyth
The Journey Journal: Plan Prepare Proceed on Amazon
The Journey Journal: Plan Prepare Proceed on Amazon

A studio was purchased

Yep, that’s right. Travel Photos purchased B&W Studios.

Black & White Studios specialises family and personal portraiture. BWS is Melbourne’s most popular portrait studio. It’s a great talented team of people who do amazing things. There are baby whisperers, dog wranglers, PhotoShop magicians, and more.

The Team at Black & White Studios.
The Team at Black & White Studios.

And we even damaged a camera and had to put it in for repair

Cameras are important to photographers. Without a camera, we have no income. That’s why we should always have a backup camera. This one had quite the adventure at the December 5K Foam Fest. It’s currently in for repair.

A participant at the West Melbourne 5K Foam Fest in the "Mud Pit"
A participant at the West Melbourne 5K Foam Fest in the “Mud Pit”

Pro-tip: Check the weather reports

Pro-tip 2: Bring more than a simple plastic bag to protect your camera

Pro-tip 3: Water-proof footwear

Pro-tip 4: Bring some warmer gear to wear

Pro-tip 5: Bring camera weather protection gear

A participants at the “mud pit”. To get this image, Andrew had to lay down on the ground, in the mud, to ensure the best angle.

Plenty of Photo Jobs

Behind the scenes of a photography shoot with Andrew Blyth of Travel Photos
Behind the scenes of a photography shoot with Andrew Blyth of Travel Photos
Aircraft at the Tocumwal Airshow in September 2023
Aircraft at the Tocumwal Airshow in September 2023
Andrew Blyth working at the Ironman 70.3 Tasmania in Hobart 2023.
Andrew Blyth working at the Ironman 70.3 Tasmania in Hobart 2023.

What’s planned for 2024?

Well, a huge amount of time is expected in Black & White Studios. Philanthropy, supporting causes for the benefit of humanity, focusing on environmental needs. Is there anything else? Sure. Some of it is under lock & key for now. Some of it is… we’ll TBD.