Hold the phone: Toni’s take on city she loves
A LOVE of Lismore and of photography are what has driven Toni Begley to produce an online self-published book entitled 'Take the L outa Lismore'.
Toni is studying Creative Arts and Media at SCU and has "a disease called photography". Because she did not own a camera, all the photos in the book were taken on her iPhone.
"The best camera is always the one you've got with you," she said.
The 24-page book is full of images that will be familiar to Lismore people - from artists working in the Back Alley
Gallery, to skaters, dog walkers and lanterns. But with an eye for both design and photography, Toni has managed to make these everyday scenes look fresh and exciting.
"A lot of people from the coast dis on Lismore like it's a hole. But I know from living there that it's got a real heart and soul and culture," she said.
"You have to be around it and connected to it. I wanted to celebrate the town of Lismore; essentially it's a portrait of a town and its creative heart."
In the introduction Toni describes Lismore as "a meeting place for folks from all walks of life, with a broad mix of hippies, ferals, intellectuals, artists, rednecks and bogans, indigenes and refugees, skaters, activists and gays of all types and stripes, eccentrics and clones alike".
The book started life as a project for a design subject Toni was studying at SCU, but she wanted to get it out to a wider audience and looked at getting a small print run done through local printers.
But that option proved cost prohibitive. Instead, she made it available on the website Blurb where you can look at the book online and order a printed copy if desired.
Toni said people often take photography for granted these days and she hopes that by putting together a book with a sense of place and narrative, that people will be more likely to buy it.
There are also copies available at Noah's Arc bookstore in Magellan St.