Last year I presented three exhibitions in Adelaide, one of which, A few of my favourite things, remains open to the public at the Adelaide Hilton in Victoria Square, until 10 January 2015. The exhibition is a meditation on the restorative nature of 'beauty', and includes images in which beauty is almost always immediately obvious.

This year I'm taking a sabbatical from exhibiting so as to spend more time photographing, and developing a new series of work based on ideas of freedom, tolerance, and offence—as examined through concealed beauty.

Some inspiration for the work has come from the English philosopher and political economist, John Stuart Mills:

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant (On Liberty, 1859).

I'll leave you with that to ponder, and because I really do enjoy taking photographs, I'll also leave you with the first image I took in 2015. Happy New Year!

As always, feel free to leave a comment.

 Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem', from 'Margaret's Garden' (series)

Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem', from 'Margaret's Garden' (series)