Peninsula Essence May 2019

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THE ARTFUL

Photographer

By Melissa Walsh

F

or two decades, Tom Putt has followed his passion for fine art and landscape photography. Ever since he picked up a camera at thirteen and started photographing birds, the photographer and artist has found his niche in the world. These days, Tom divides his time between his photography gallery in Main Street, Mornington, and travelling Australia and the world, instructing photography courses. “I first fell in love with photography at the age of thirteen. Following my love of ornithology, I photographed birds. I went to university to do a degree but it wasn’t for me so I continued to pursue a career in photography where I was lucky enough to get a job as a sports photographer,” said Tom, who covered over 300 events across Australia and the world, including the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. When you walk into the Tom Putt Gallery, his passion for beauty and the Australian landscape jumps off the walls, with his vibrant collection of aerial photographs that have an innately artistic quality. “For Tom who grew up in bayside Melbourne, moving to the peninsula was a chance to set up a new gallery and enjoy the outdoors with his wife and five children.

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