I am extremely humbled to have received 7 Honourable Mentions in the 6th Annual MPAs. When I first got my first iPhone many years ago, I did something crazy … I put down my camera. And then I found Instagram. Then the iPad came out and the rest is part of my personal history. Having been one of the ‘pioneers’, I’ve seen people come and go. I have seen communities come and go as well. The use of the smart phone to take a photo is the photographer’s 2nd or 3rd camera now. It’s become mainstream. And so the competition gets tougher and tougher. I’m happy to see some of my peers still around and slugging it out with me. Most of all, I am truly honoured to be part of the shortlist … quite possibly 5 years running. I think I didn’t take part in the first one. Thanks judges … you made some great choices this year and I suspect there would have been many times when your eyes just glazed over. It’s an unenviable task. DB, I have no idea how you do it. Thank you to Life, Pain and Beauty for inspiration. #fineartphotography #mpa #mobilephotoawards #art #australia #artist #photographer #achievements #awards

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Christmas Wishes 

🎄 Christmas Wishes 🎄 
I wish for love and peace throughout the world. 

I wish for people to put their differences aside and respect each other – as individuals and as collectives. 

I wish for equality in as many facets of life. 

I wish for people to have a little more care and thought beyond themselves. 

I wish for people to accept themselves and love themselves just a little bit more. 

I wish for everyone to feel good about themselves and for judgements to stop. 

I wish for all the people who feel alone to know that they are not. 

I wish for all the people who feel different to understand that they are special. 

I wish for people to understand that forgiveness is not about forgetting but more about taking away the anger and bitterness that can rot the soul. 

I wish for everyone to comprehend that the brain is an evolving organ, more precious than any other organ in the body. Therefore we should strive to be the best that we can be every single day. 

I wish people could see what I see in all the little details in Life that keep things beautiful in spite of the hardships and the horrors and the daily grind. 

I wish for people to see that their best is always good enough, for them – not for anyone else. 

I wish for everyone to see the beauty in themselves as I see the beauty in them. 
If people judged less, more of us would feel safer being more honest, less inhibitive, more ourselves. We are, when everything is stripped away, the same. We want the same things: respect, love, care for our children and doing the right thing. 
My wishes may not all come true. But I wake up everyday and try to make those wishes come true. 
Love Michelle 
Share, don’t share, it doesn’t matter. These are my own words because I felt like it and because I can. 

I am pleased to announce that “Survival Is Justice For Silent Victims” received an Honourable Mention in the 2016 Lumiere Awards for Contemporary Photography in the Conceptual & Experimental Category. The Lumiere Awards recognises photography that possesses an uncommon vision and celebrates advances in contemporary photography. It honours photographers and artists that capture images that make the unknowable knowable. The Lumiere Awards are an initiative of Fabrik Media, Inc., a Los Angeles-based multifaceted creative and marketing agency that supports artists and their mediums. In collaboration with a talented and passionate network of publishers, dealers, curators and arts professionals, Fabrik Media provides artists with professional opportunities to have their work exhibited, published and represented through various platforms including Fabrik Magazine, ArtCapitol.com, Fabrik Expo and Photo Independent. This is truly and honour. I would also like to congratulate my good friend and fellow artist/photographer Armineh Hovanesian for winning the category “Mobile Photographer of the Year”. http://ift.tt/2hNH6ga #achievement #awards #visualartdiary_michmutters #art #australia #fineartphotography

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I am proud to announce the following achievements in the inaugural Tokyo International Foto Awards 2016. It is truly an honour to have been selected from over 3000 submissions over 70 countries. “In My Dreams, I Am A Queen” (retitled), Bronze Winner, Fine Art (Special Effects, Amateur); “Survival Is Justice For Silent Victims”, Honourable Mention, Fine Art (Portrait, Amateur); “Mourning Estelle’s Passing”, Honourable Mention, Fine Art (Other, Amateur) http://ift.tt/2h4cruy #fineartphotography #visualartdiary_michmutters #achievements #awards #australia #art #visualart

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Empty Spaces #melbourne #australia #architecture #visualartdiary_michmutters

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A Slideshow of Selected Works

Here is a slideshow of selected work that I have just posted on my Facebook Page: @michellerobinson.visualartist – I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for visiting and have a great weekend.

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche ~ #fineartphotography #art #visualpoetry #visualartdiary_michmutters

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