Spirit of R.M. captured in prize-winning photo portrait
A FORMER Grafton photographer has channelled an iconic image of bush legend R.M. Williams to snare first prize at a regional photo- graphic image.
Rebekah Rogan, now based in Glen Innes, captured an image of her grandfather, former Copmanhurst Shire Councillor Fred Morgan, which delighted the judges and won her $400 in the photography section of the Glen Archies.
Ms Rogan, who began her photography career while working for Grafton Fast Photos, said she had the classic R.M. Williams image in mind when she asked her grandfather to pose for the photograph in April last year.
She described Mr Morgan as an inspiration "with a bit of character about him".
"Like R.M. Williams he's a real bushie and I thought he would work well in that scenery and pose," Ms Rogan said. "A lot of people have commented on how they thought he would be like from that photograph and they're spot on."
Ms Rogan described the Glen Archies as a mini-Archibald Prize, run by the Glen Innes Art Gallery.
"Winning this prize has opened up some opportunities for me in portraiture," she said.
The photo picked up several prizes in regional exhibitions before the Glen Archies.
"It was the champion exhibition at the Grafton Show, champion portrait at Tenterfield this year and won first prize at Glen Innes this year," she said.