About

Hi, I'm Karl Monaghan

We have over the past 12 years developed a successful model of service delivery for the public with a state of the art gallery where you can view a range of award winning local and international images, all framed to museum grade for archive ratings.

I apply the same dedication to quality when printing and framing work for my clients.

I first started photography in the early seventies as a teenager on the streets of London, although I had no idea I would later in life work full time in the photography profession. My life in London as a teenager was full of dark grey streets, poverty and hardship, which for many is still the same today. My first SLR camera was a Pentax ME super 35mm with a light meter, wow! As a hobby back then I would spend time shooting street scenes and developing the film and producing my own prints in black and white at a friend’s small dark room. Having been involved in the arts somewhat at school I was always a keen photographer looking for the unusual.

Real life kicked in for me in my late teens where I found myself drawn by the need for a stable professional job. The late seventies were tough in London with high unemployment and the gradual demise of traditional apprenticeships. Drawn to the caring profession as a long term career path I found myself accepted as a student nurse in 1981, graduating as a registered nurse in 1984, specializing in Psychiatry. This career path gave me access to education and indeed travel as I migrated to Melbourne Australia in 1986 / 87 with my wife and children.

Throughout the years I always had a camera for family shots on holidays, and special events but with a full time career as a clinical nurse, there was little time for the creative side. I started using photography as part of my job in around 1998, working in diversion programs for with the alcohol and drug team, diverting youth from harmful behaviors, drug taking, alcohol, domestic violence etc. The camera became the tool to document the programs and their outcomes. By 2002, I was considering photography as a mid life change in career and my enthusiasm was high with the ongoing development of digital image making. I ceased Clinical nursing in 2003 to pursue a full time career in photography. It has been 12 years or more now since making the change, and I am really living the dream.

I love landscape photography, and fine art image making, but as a photographer in a regional town you must be good with a range of photography skills, ranging from commercial photography to family portraits in my portrait studio. I have an exhibition gallery and fine art printing service at my studios and provide valuable services to the public. Our gallery sells landscape images across the world promoting the Mid West and in particular the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

Over the past 5 years my career has really developed, becoming a full accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) in 2009, wining a number of silver awards over 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, gaining Associate of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in 2014 and Master of Photography in 2016.

Being a member of the AIPP has been one of the best decisions I have made for personal development in the craft and inspiration.

My photography has been wide and varied over the years, from traditional landscapes to more contemporary urban landscapes. I love cityscapes and street photography, which is no surprise really as that where it all began, although I also love the Australian outback. People can view my work at our Gallery and studios at 76 Chapman Road Geraldton, or on line at www.karlmonaghanphotography.com. Images are available for sale and are custom printed here in house ensuring quality control.

One of the craziest things that has happened to me was while shooting the Abrolhos Islands 40km off the coast in the Indian Ocean. I was just finishing a shoot of North Island and heading back in the plane to the mainland to shoot a little shanty town called Lucky Bay. The pilot suggested we slide the door shut as the trip to the mainland would be 15 minutes and no need to be getting cold and blown away. As I slid the door closed I noticed it didn’t close properly, it seemed to have come of its runner in one spot. As I tried to pull the door shut, a bit like a Bedford van for those who can remember Bedford vans that is, and in an instant the whole door left the plane, narrowly missing the tail, and floated down towards the sea like the scene from a James Bond movie. The pilot called the incident in and we carried on with our shoot. It didn’t really hit me till later that evening, when I went over the images I had taken, just how lucky we had been. Sometimes photography is not for the faint hearted!

Shooting in Western Ausgtralia is the most diverse you can get from desert inlands to prolific coast, like Ningaloo, the coral coast and the Batavia Coast. The light is magnificent at times and sometimes I just watch and enjoy, and don’t take a picture, it is just for me.

Awards

Winner of the Mid West Award 2015, Mid West Art Prize, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery for Heads Up

Silver With Distinction at the Australian Professional Photography Awards 2014 for The Tulip Staircase: The old Queens House in Greenwich.

Silver Award at the 2014 Australian Professional Photography Awards for Illustrative Portrait.

Silver award at the 2014 Australian Professional Photography Awards for Illustrative image of the Metropolitan Wharf London.

Silver award at the 2013 Australian Professional Photography Awards for HMAS Sydney Memorial.

Silver award at the 2013 Australian Professional Photography Awards for Harry and Mill.

Silver Award at the 2013 Australian Professional Photography Awards for an illustration of the Iluka heavy metal processing plant at Goulds Road.

Silver award at the West Australian Professional Photography Awards 2013 for Illustrative Image of Fuel tanks on the west end of Marine Terrace.

Silver Award at the West Australian Professional Photography Awards 2013 for Head Space, Illustration of the local Laundry mat in Marine Terrace.

Silver Award at the 2013 West Australian professional Photography Awards for Lucys Beach

Silver award at the 2013 West Australian Professional Photography Awards for Clinch’s Mill

Silver Award 2012 Australian Professional Photography Awards for West end Silos

Winner of the Sherwood, Eastman, Polletti Architects Award, Mid West Art Prize 2012 for Wet Salt Pile, Cape Couvier

Silver Award 2011 West Australian Professional Photography Awards for Karijini Dust

Silver Award 2011 West Australian Professional Photography Awards for Regans Pool Hancock Gorge

Silver Award 2011 West Australian Professional Photography Awards for Weano Gorge

Silver Award 2011 West Australian Professional Photography Awards for Weano Reflections

Silver Award With Distinction Portrait Category 2011 West Australian Professional Photography Awards