Hanspeter Büchli

My career in photography started in 1964 in Switzerland,with an apprenticeship in the printing industry as a camera operator. My 16th birthday present was a manual, fixed lens Voigtlaender camera.

By the time I'd arrived in Australia in 1969, I had photographed and hand developed over 700 black and white images of mainly family, friends and nature. 34 years and a few thousand images later I moved from Sydney and semi retired to Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland,in Queensland - Australia, where I now have the time to pursue my career as a creative photographer.

In 2004, I was involved in establishing the Hinterland Photoclub in Maleny and in 2008 I joined the Caloundra Camera Group. Both Clubs are members of the PSQ (Photographic Society of Queensland). I have been fortunate over the years to sell some of my work and to win a number of competitions dating back to 1965. Commercially, some of my work has appeared on channel 7, on record covers, in various newspapers and graced some magazines (including covers), calendars and promotion fliers for Symphony Orchestras and Rock Bands, Product photography and cards.

In 1979 I acquired a NSW Press, Radio and Television Pass. My camera equipment has also progressed over the years - from the Voigtlaender to my first Russian built REVUEFLEX SLR to a NIKORMAT, an early NIKON FE as well as a CANON FT QL and a RICOH XR-2s.

In 2002 I got my first digital camera, a CANON PowerShot S40, to be followed with a Canon 30D DSLR in 2007.
My current camera is a CANON 5D Mk II with a Canon EF 24 - 105 mm 1:4 L IS USM Lens, as well as a Canon EF 70 - 200 mm 1:4 IS USM Zoom Lens.

As a photographer I am a witness to the art that is the Earth. I'm trying to make a record of that art, so you can see what I have seen. I'm trying to preserve memories that deserve a place in history, and to display, exhibit and sell my often unusual and/or unconventional images. By trying to compose my frames carefully I hope to achieve that difference between a "snapshot" and a creative image.

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