FOCUS on People

February 20, 2022

Exclusive interview with 2021 FOCUS Photography Exhibition's award-winning local photographer Simon Linden.

FOCUS Photography Exhibition & Awards, sponsored by Tassel Group, is our annual community photographic exhibition. It opens on Friday March 18, 2022 and will showcase works from local and regional photographers of all ages and skill levels. Simon Linden, last year's FOCUS Award Winner in the 'People' category, was thrilled to answer some questions for our readers.

What it is you want to say with your photographs?

I want to be able to show the viewer what I see and present it in a way that reveals an aspect of the subject that is not necessarily evident to the casual observer. I want my photographs to say "take a closer look...there is more to see here".

What type of cameras do you shoot with?

My first "real" camera was a Canon TL QL 35mm film camera which I purchased in in the early 1970's. It was a great entry level camera and was capable of producing some great shots. Unfortunately it was stolen when our house was broken into many years ago. Today I use Canon DSLR's with Canon L series lens. I have a 7D Mk2 which is my go to camera for sport and action shots and for portraiture I fall back on my older, full frame 5D Mk2. I have always found my Canons to be versatile, robust and great in a variety of conditions especially for low light photography.

What is your favourite subject to photograph? 

Undoubtedly people. They are fascinating and challenging to photograph. Living where we do there are great opportunities to capture fantastic landscapes and there is beautiful fauna and flora to photograph, but for me nothing surpasses a really great photograph of a person that conveys character, emotion and the spirit of people in our lives and around us. 

What does photography mean to you? 

I can't sing or dance, and am hopeless with a paint brush or pencil, so my camera is a way for me to explore my creative side. I enjoy the challenge of working with the subject, the light, being in the right place at the right time and framing the subject so that when the shutter is open for just a fraction of a second I am able to capture the image of what I see through the view finder.

How do you educate yourself to take better photos? 

I have done a couple of courses in the past but the best way is to talk to other photographers and simply take lots of photographs. I have learnt a lot from showing my work to others, listening to their comments and watching their reactions. Taking my camera off auto and using the manual settings was a great lesson in thinking about what I am photographing, the light, depth of field, and capturing movement . Being prepared to try different things and accepting and learning from failures, of which there have been quite a few.

The 2022 FOCUS Photography Exhibition & Awards will be on display from 18 March - 26 April. Entry is free of charge but gold coin donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds will further the ongoing exhibitions, events and programming at Mission Arts. For more information, contact Mission Arts on 4088 6116 (10am-2pm) or email info(at)

To participate in the 2022 FOCUS Photography Exhibition & Awards, download entry form here: