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Michelle Vollemaere 
Michelle Vollemaere Photo credit Raewyn
Photo credit: Raewyn Smith

I live in Auckland, New Zealand, not too far from our famous, and very photogenic, Waitemata Harbour.  I got my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic 255x when I was 13 and have been hooked ever since. Now I use two cameras, both mirrorless: a Leica D-Lux 5 and an Olympus OMD EM10 Mk III, which I refer to as my OMG. I love the retro styling and the compact size of these cameras which make them ideal for travel.

I work with words, mostly freelance writing and proofreading and, just for fun, I study languages: Italian, German, French and Latin, so far. Study led to travel and the opportunity to take my camera to the world, well, part of it at least.

As a journalist, I am drawn to photograph the sort of people I like to interview; ordinary people doing interesting things - at work, at play, hanging out, playing music, enjoying themselves. I also try different perspectives to capture the essence of a place without resorting to cliché postcard images.

My goal is to make my worlds collide and that my writing skills, passion for photography and love of languages will lead to more opportunities to travel, and study.

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