David is a photographic artist based in the Blue Mountains. He was born in Canberra in 1966. While still at school he become a member of the Canberra Photographic Society and completed studies at Canberra School of Art. After moving to Sydney in 1985 he studied photography at Sydney University’s “Tin Sheds” as part of his Fine Arts undergraduate degree. In the early 90s, he volunteered and a photojournalist with the newly formed Green Left Weekly, covering political rallies on the streets of Sydney and the protests camps of the New South Wales forests campaigns, as a volunteer photojournalist, as well as running the paper’s darkroom. Some years later, after returning from a 3 year study tour in Europe, he went on to complete further studies in Commercial Photography at Sydney Institute of Technology and set up a studio with a fellow photographer in the Redfern. While photography continued to be a strong and constant passion, David’s professional life turned to working as a part-time teacher in graphic design and multimedia at universities and TAFE colleges. His teaching has kept him engaged with other artists and designers and helped him to stay in touch with his artistic interests, especially photography. Early in 2012, David was selected to participate in a Workshop with the internationally renowned Magnum Photo Agency in Perth as part of “FotoFreo 2012: The City of Fremantle Festival of Photography”. David’s tutor for this exclusive course was the renowned French photographer Antoine d’Agata (1961-) This was a life-changing opportunity for him and helped him to take his photography to the next level
Marina is a trained art teacher and gallery educator who is passionate about sharing her knowledge. Marina enjoys the process of creative problem solving, finding solutions to projects with an artistic outcome. Having grown up in Faulconbridge, she is now raising a family of her own in the Mountains.
Justin’s background is in digital media, installation and contemporary sculpture exhibition and curation. He resides in Katoomba, and enjoys the wide open vistas and long walks on plateaus and valleys. He is currently working on several documentaries and the multiplatform experience ‘the language of movement’ a history of body language.
Xandro Lombardi is a Knowledge Worker at PwC Sydney and a Solutions Designer at The Digital Design Factory. He has over 20 years’ experience as visualiser and art director at 121 Creative, SB Media Group, Snap Printing and as studio manager at The Marketing Department and The AIMS Group. Xandro in the last few years has been hosting PechaKucha Nights in the Blue Mountains and is involved directly with the local creative folk through the MTNS MADE branding and campaign. Xandro also is the 2016 Convenor of the Blue Mountains Springwood Art Show. Xandro has been teaching at Martin College for the past 3 years and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Design course at a local university and will be completing his studies by 2018.