There’s been so much respect and admiration expressed regarding Carol Haberle and her wonderful Tasmanian landscape photography. We thank each and every one of you for your lovely words of kindness and compassion. It’s the mark of an amazing person, to have touched the hearts and minds of an entire community. It seems so many of you felt a personal connection with this beautiful soul.
Friend, business partner and photography mentor… Greg Hale played an important role in Carol Haberle’s life (and vice versa). Knowing it was Carol’s wish, Greg has kindly offered to assist Think Tasmania in the quest to continue sharing her legacy of great work. We’ll publish a new collection of photos once we’ve sorted through the files of Haberle Photocards.
In the meantime, here’s a few words from Greg about Carol’s progression from naturally-talented novice to accomplished landscape photographer.
Landscape Photography: My Friend Carol
by Greg Hale
Seven years ago the journey began. At the time I had joined a website called redbubble where like-minded people posted images that could be viewed by all other members. The site had a twofold purpose which was to encourage an exchange of views in order to assist members improve their photography and also list their images for sale.
Having been to Tasmania in March 2000, I was interested in images depicting the Tasmanian landscape and by chance saw a photo posted by Carol. As I mentioned before members would comment on images and on this occasion I was drawn to the photograph, so I started browsing through the comments. I noticed a very nasty comment which I thought was unwarranted. I sent Carol a bubblemail on the site telling her to ignore the comment and encouraged her to keep pursuing her landscape photography. Carol replied, thanking me.
A few weeks later I saw more of Carol’s landscape images and I could see her potential as a landscape photographer, so I sent her another bubblemail offering to mentor her, and so a beautiful friendship began.
We were both unhappy with redbubble even though Carol had made many sales. We then decided to start our own website and Haberle Photocards was born. I have to admit Carol was the driving force, designing the website and handling the setting up process. Carol was not only a good photographer, she also had great computer skills.
Carol took to landscape photography like a duck to water, and I gained a lot of joy in seeing her develop into a wonderful photographer. Over the years our friendship grew as we shared our love of photography, often talking on the phone and exchanging emails several times a week.
My memory of how Carol began her writings with Think Tasmania are a little hazy, but I do recall her saying she was very hesitant. But after she sent me a draft of her first article I told her she had a natural talent for writing and what a talent it turned out to be. I am so proud of Carol and will never forget her.
The images shared here accompanied some of the articles written by Carol Haberle for Think Tasmania. Click images for more details of the original work.
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