About me – Gordon Smith
I live 18 km (11 miles) east of Armidale in the New England region of New South Wales.
Professionally, I worked in the IT department at the University of New England and did so from February 1980 except for a 2 year stint at the University of Sydney (1997/98). I retired from UNE in August 2016.
I was born and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to leaving for Australia in 1980, I worked at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology (now the Robert Gordon University) in Aberdeen.
I live on a 40 hectare (100 acre) property with my partner Bronwyn, and our two Border Collies, Skye and Pippin. For this reason much of my photography is influenced by the local flora and fauna, and by the landscapes around me as I walk through the countryside. There’s nothing remotely “urban” about the area in which I live.
I enjoy bushwalking so much of my photography features the gorge country that can be found to the east of Armidale. I also enjoy travelling in the Outback so that features in my photography too.
About my part of Australia
Armidale sits at an altitude of 1000m (3300 ft) above sea level on the Northern Tablelands and is about 130 km (80 miles) inland from the Pacific Ocean.
Armidale’s major business is based on education by virtue of the University of New England and three private schools PLC, NEGS, and TAS.
Armidale is also a regional hub for the local agricultural industry, the latter being based on wool (especially fine wool), sheep and cattle.
Armidale is a town (or city by virtue of its cathedrals) of some 23,000 people. It sits just off the New England Highway thus sees much of the traffic and tourists using that north/south route between Brisbane and Sydney.