Media 2017: “A short film about Road Trauma Support Services Victoria Counselling and Support Services”

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Volunteer Speaking at a Road Trauma Awareness Seminar Melbourne Australia with RTSSV - Karen Robinson June 2016

Within this photo above, there is a photo of my son Ben and me – his mum.  It was taken three weeks before his death and it was the last time I saw him alive.  Ben was killed in a single vehicle car crash on 5th November 2009 at the age of 25.  There is also the folder I take with me when I do a Road Trauma Awareness Volunteer Speaking role – talking about my son’s road trauma and the events leading up to his death.  Our loving son Ben is greatly missed by us his family and his friends.  In memory of our beautiful boy – Ben…love you forever son…mum

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Recently, myself along side of three other Road Trauma Support Services (RTSSV) Volunteer Speakers – participated in the making of a short film about RTSSV’s counselling and support services (see below).  Caroline and Ryan from Rybazoid interviewed each of us, asking a series of questions in relation to our family’s road trauma stories.  Once more, I found myself talking about the loss of my son, Ben, who had been killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November 2009 at the age of 25; and talking about the incredible support services available at RTSSV.

 

 

ABOUT ROAD TRAUMA SUPPORT SERVICES VICTORIA

Road Trauma Support Services Victoria – Australia “is a not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of road trauma (RTSSV 2017)”.

Counselling:  “Counselling is provided to anyone impacted by road trauma, including bereaved families, friends and colleagues; injured people and their carers; drivers and passengers; witnesses and emergency service workers who are first-on-scene.  A referral to access the services is not needed, just call 1300 367 797 to make an appointment with one of the RTSSV’s counsellors (RTSSV 2017)”.

Education:  “RTSSV’s education programs reach more than 2,000 people each year and are supported by the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria and Victoria Police (RTSSV 2017)”.

RTSSV is “committed to educating the community and raising public awareness about road trauma and how it affects people’s lives.  A vital part of this educational work is delivered by our volunteers who share their personal stories about road trauma (RTSSV 2017)”.

 

 

SHORT FILM ABOUT RTSSV COUNSELLING & SUPPORT SERVICES

Published on Apr 19, 2017 – A short film about Road Trauma Support Services Victoria Counselling and Support Services – a Rybazoid production. It features a number of Volunteer Speakers sharing their personal road trauma stories inclusive of myself.

 

 

CONCLUSION

To those who contributed to the short film, thank you – you are brave, strong and resilient…

To those who carefully crafted the questions and the production of this short film, thank you – your kindness and sensitivity was greatly appreciated…

To those who asked us to come together and share our deeply personal road trauma stories for this important message and who offered the right amount of caring support, thank you – your time and support didn’t go unnoticed…

To the organization of Road Trauma Support Services and all of its incredible team of people, thank you – my family will not forget what you have been able to do for us in our time of greatest need…

With all my heartfelt gratitude, thank you…Karen Robinson

 

 

“In memory of Ben James Robinson”

 

Ben James Robinson NB All images are protected by copyright laws

Ben James Robinson, son of Mark and Karen Robinson, brother of Kelly, loved and missed by many…       NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

© Karen Robinson – April 2017

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Photography 2017 – Seascape: “Point Lonsdale Region” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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“Photography:  Painting and Drawing with Light”

 

 

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographs by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late one afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit this region to capture seascape and sunset photographs. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson  NB:  My dear husband took this photo of me using my Samsung Galaxy 6 Mobile Phone as I was photographing the sunset from Point Lonsdale Lighthouse.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The aim of this photography adventure was to capture seascape and sunset scenes around Point Lonsdale region, Victoria – Australia; a small coastal town not far from Geelong where I had worked earlier on this particular day.  We arrived late afternoon at Point Lonsdale front-beach, which is a small beach located at the mouth of Port Phillip Bay.  Here I took photographs of the beach’s stone sea-wall, wide ocean views and of white crashing surf breaks, seaside bush vegetation and of local surfers taking advantage of high-tide waves. Then we moved on – towards the Point Lonsdale Pier where I was able to capture varying shots of the pier while the tide was coming in towards the coastline.  Once the ‘golden hour’ arrived I settled into taking photographs of shoreline rocks and then glorious sunset photographs looking out and across to Barwon Heads. Once more this occasion offered myself a wonderful opportunity to take photographs of our local region but also gave me precious time to spend with my husband – a win-win for me!

NB:  The ‘golden hour’ and also know as the ‘magic hour’ is the period just shortly after sunrise or before sunset where the lighting is just beautiful, soft and where a photographer really can feel like they are painting and drawing with light…

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT POINT LONSDALE’S SECTION OF ‘PORT PHILLIP HEADS MARINE NATIONAL PARK’

 

Point Lonsdale is a coastal township on the Bellarine Peninsula.  The Point Lonsdale section of the Port Phillip Heads Marine National park is located between Queenscliff and the western side of the Port Phillip entrance. Many of the rocks that make up the reefs as well as rocks and cliffs above the water are made of ancient dune limestone or calcarenite. This readily weathered rock is made of sand grains that have been cemented together by the high amounts of calcium carbonate derived from shells. The outer limits of the park at Point Lonsdale can be subject to strong currents when water is moving in and out of The Heads.

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson

The intertidal reef is a great place for beginner and advanced snorkellers, as well as divers, to explore and experience a diverse array of Victoria’s marine life.

Visitors can find a channel through Lonsdale Reef, around 20m wide and 2-4m deep, which contains a small forest of Giant Kelp. This was created by fishermen seeking an easier entrance to the bay through the Rip in their small fishing boats.  Snorkelling around Point Lonsdale jetty and nearby reef is very popular in the summer months.

The deeper waters of the area contain fascinating structures including deep water cliffs, caverns, rocky reef walls, sponge gardens and kelp beds.

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson

The popular dive site, Lonsdale Wall, is composed of a series of ledges which mark the edge of the historical course of the Yarra River.  Starting at 15m deep, the ledges drop to 90m and extend for up to 1km. Vertical walls, sheltered caves, ledges and overhangs support dazzling sponge gardens, over 43 species of fish and encrusting algae. Other creatures include corals, anemones, gorgonians, hydroids and sea tulips.

Lonsdale Reef near Point Lonsdale has four visible and recognisable shipwrecks – the iron sailing barques George Roper, Holy head and Gang, and the gold rush steamer Conside (Parks Victoria 2016).

 

 

 

PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT USED

During this seascape photography exercise – I used my new compact system camera a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lense. For some of the shots I used the camera hand-held, and for others, I used the camera mounted on a tripod with a remote timer.  This was the second time I had used this new camera and lense. I am still getting use to understanding its abilities.  It was such a pleasure though to use, and good for someone like myself trying to learn to be a better photographer!  I also used my Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.

 

 

Lonsdale, Victoria - Australia 'Seascape and Sunset' photographed by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture - written by ©Karen Robinson www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

Lonsdale, Victoria – Australia ‘Seascape and Sunset’ photographed by ©Karen Robinson http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com April 2017. Comments: Late in the afternoon my hubby and I decided to visit region to capture seascape and sunset photos. It was an exhilarating experience with lots of walking involved and the sea breeze rushing against our faces. The sight of the sun slipping away for the day was beautiful to watch and capture – written by ©Karen Robinson  NB:  My dear husband took this photo of me – he used my Samsung Galaxy 6 Mobile Phone as I was photographing the surf at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse with my Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame Camera and Lense Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS.

 

 

 

 

THE PHOTOGRAPHS

On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom 6.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this particular late afternoon at Point Lonsdale.

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

The experience of feeling fresh sea air brush across our faces, viewing the expanse of the open sea, hearing the waves crash onto the shoreline, and watching the beautiful sunset at Point Lonsdale rejuvenated out bodies and souls.  Photography is just another way I choose to improve my sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!  It definitely works for me and once more we finished up our day tried, but in high spirits…

Happy photography all!

 

 

 

 

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© Karen Robinson – April 2017

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Media 2017: “Abnormal Psychology Book Cover Artwork”

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Karen Robinson at Home Art Studio holding book titled 'Abnormal Psychology' featuring on the front cover her original painting titled 'For Ones' Well-being' March 2017 www.idoartkarenrobinson.com NB: All images are copyright protected

Karen Robinson at Home Art Studio holding book titled ‘Abnormal Psychology’ featuring on the front cover her original painting titled ‘For Ones’ Well-being’ March 2017 http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com NB: All images are copyright protected

 

 

INTRODUCTION

During mid 2016 I received an email from Gail Buschman, Senior Graphic Designer of Sage Publishing, an international academic publisher based in Thousand Oaks, California.  They were interested in using one of my images ‘Abstract Painting No. 64 – Titled ‘For One’s Well-being on the cover of a forthcoming textbook; and the Second Edition of William J Ray’s ‘Abnormal Psychology‘ – Pennsylvania State University.  They asked if I would be interested in licensing it to them for book publishing, specifically for print and electronic book cover and website landing page header, circulation 20,000, geography – world rights, duration 7 year license/usage from publication date, exposure 1 language, inclusive of a credit line on the back cover.  After some discussions with family and friends, and after becoming a member with Copyright Agency/Viscopy – I agreed.

 

 

THE BOOK

 

Abnormal Psychology written by William J Ray - Second Edition www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

‘Abnormal Psychology’  written by William J Ray – Second Edition http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com

 

In Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives on Human Behavior and Experience Second Edition, William J. Ray brings together current perspectives concerning the manner in which the human mind, behavior, and experience can be understood. In addition to the traditional psychological literature, this book draws from work in the cognitive and affective neurosciences, epidemiology, ethology, and genetics. Ray’s focus is on a unification and integration of the biopsychosocial understandings of human behavior within a broader consideration of human culture and language as it applies to abnormal psychology (Amazon 2017)”

 

 

 

THE PAINTING

 

No. 29 of 29 Painting No. 64 Titled 'For One's Well-being' Painting Practice by Abstract Painter Karen Robinson Feb 2016 NB All images are protected by copyright laws

Abstract Painting No. 64 Titled ‘For One’s Well-being’ Painting by Abstract Painter Karen Robinson Feb 2016 http://www.idoartkarenrobinson.com NB All images are protected by copyright laws

 

 

 

THE PAINTING’S STORY – “FOR ONE’S WELL-BEING”

 

“This painting titled “For One’s Well-being” has been inspired by the groups of people I have brought into my life through activities such as Art Therapy and Creative Writing provided by Mind Australia; and also my volunteering and paid work that I do with Road Trauma Support Services Victoria.

For the sake of my own well-being, I have found over a course of time, that being part of community groups such as these organisations, has truly helped me gain a better sense of well-being. Within the comfort and security of such organisations, I have witnessed how people have been empowered to voice their feelings, share, reveal, support, encourage each other during times of great difficulty alongside of professional support systems. I have also witnessed how when participants choose to come and join such organisations, they grow strong and more-able to deal with day-to-day difficulties; and I am one of those people.

My painting reflects an image of myself in the foreground, with my support networks in the background. They come from all walks of life; they are family, friends, work mates and community group members whom have been an integral part of my life over recent years, and all have contributed to my ability to reach a healthy mindset. Hence varying colours of difference; and colours with commonality. I couldn’t have got to this place where I am now without their support and this painting is a tribute to them all.”

© Karen Robinson, February 2016

 

CONCLUSION

It was pleasing to have this particular artwork of mine used in such a way.  Hopefully this usage will also convey the painting’s story and help contribute to the knowledge base of students and teachers using ‘Abnormal Psychology’ as a learning tool…

 

 

 

© Karen Robinson – March 2017

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