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The Coonalpyn Silos

For those who follow what I post, you will know that I spent much of Easter at the Coonalpyn to film and photograph the work Guido van Helten .I spent the 3 days filming with Elvis which can be seen on my you tube channel.

This was Guido’s first major work on a silo and what a stunning piece of creative art it is.Who can’t be moved by this?

Often we dwell of the negative aspects of what is around us, you only have to read many of the comments on FB which is sad. We live in a world where many are so concerned about ” the self” that they can’t see the joy that is before them. That person tends to complain, back stab people and then pretend to be nice to your face.They are ones that you can never please no matter what you try to do….I feel for that person as much of their life is self inflicted self indulgence……but .

There is so much good out there and what inspires me is to see the creativity of people coming to light.I’m a strong believer to surround yourself with people who will inspire and who look beyond ” the self” to bring joy to others.

Guido has just done that here.


We all have gifts and they are different from each other. None is more important than the other, they are equally stunning as our gifts serve to inspire and to bring joy to each of us.

For Pete Dobré I just marvel at how gifted people are from the painter, the dancer, the actor, the musician,the chef, the poet to the person who has the gift of hospitality and the list is endless.

Creativity brings joy to those who are willing to open their eyes and to see what lies deep within the gift.

The works of Guido van Helten will bring endless joy to generations to come and he is just one of an endless list of people who are gifted.

If you are reading this, you to have a special gift and if you think you haven’t, maybe it needs you to sit and reflect a bit and maybe it just needs to be rediscovered.

Have you ever wondered where peoples creativity comes from?

I have no doubt from my point of view and how I see life that our gifts come from above. I believe because God himself is creative in how He has created the nature then it stands to reason that humanity is also creative on a lesser level . That’s another whole story. Some will find that hard to believe and that’s ok but from where I stand, it’s clear and  logical.

The work that has been done here is stunning and emotive. In the three days that I spent there filming this outstanding piece of art, I couldn’t get the notion out of mind how emotive and inspiring it is. The attention to detail, the gift in not only painting it but painting it to the right perspective as the silos bend around corners.That in itself is an achievement.

We all have a gift and it comes in all forms. maybe it is the right time for you to rediscover what your gutft is if you have lost sight of it over the years.

My time over the three days saw me observe people from all walks of life admire what stood before their eyes. All ages from 3 years old to 80 plus year olds, all came to look, all were in awe, all were taking their own pictures of the art that stood in front of them.All were saying…” wow”… “aweeeeee” “how does he do that sort of thing” ‘Just stunning” I think that peoples appreciation of what was before them  and shows deep down what are the things that bring us joy and that we do admire  and respect good works of art as they do inspire us.

The more that we can get out, go for the drives in the country and go with open eyes, you’ll be surprised how your outlook in life will change.

There is no room for the self indulgent part of us in life, that’s just a massive negative and its a mill stone around our neck that just drags us down as people.All it does is prevents us from seeing life from a different perspective – outside from ourselves.

What also stood out is that life is beyond the electronic world although most of us are trapped in it, yes trapped. Here people were getting out, breathing in the air around them and admiring the beauty that stood before them.

We need to get out more to explore and in doing so we may just discover our gift and if there is a will there is a way and no excuses as to why one can’t get out. Recently I ran my ” shooting with the Stars” 6 day photographic workshop and I had one lovely person who joined us for the entire time and she had a cross between a walking frame and pusher. I can’t remember the proper name for it .She called it Rudolf and I am so proud of Belinda as she did the week with us, she was out there working within her own means and doing what brings her immense joy and that is taking pictures.It would have been ever so easy for Belinda to stay home, but no, she went out of her comfort zone and shone in the areas that brought her the most joy.

Now is the time to rediscover your gift if you have lost it and if you still have it, keep developing it and inspire others through what gives you joy in your own gift.

Below is the short film I made over the three days. I hope you enjoy it if you haven’t seen it thus far. Life is short in the context of time, so make most of what we have and enjoy the things around us and to every now and again go and explore your gifts and share it with others. Pete:)


Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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