Photographer of the Week: Roy Austen

Roy Austen, of Launceston, Tasmania, is an experienced, published, ex-professional photographer who now shoots mainly as a weekend hobby. His specialties include some stunning portraiture, and fantasy themes.

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And since he has closed his studio, much of his work is now shot on location.

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The shoot that interests us took place on October 3, 2016. One of the participants was Shannon Hainsworth, who models under the name Violent Yoga.

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And doing a little violence upon Yoga was Tehlia Kiara Petch.

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She’s not only a model but is also studying photography with Roy.

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Here’s what she did to Yoga:

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I usually conclude these articles by encouraging you, if you’re interested in the photographer’s work, to visit their website, and this is no exception. But this time there’s also a graver request.

Three months after the spanking shoot, Roy was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Short of a miracle, he will be dead by the end of 2017. His 11-year-old son, for whom he is the sole carer, will be orphaned. He has set up a charitable fund to support the boy when that happens. So if Roy Austen’s photography has given you any pleasure, please consider making a donation to his fund: every little will help, no matter how small.

Postscript: Roy died on March 5, two days after this article was published. Thank you to the small minority of readers who took the trouble to visit his fund-raising page.

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