Hello and welcome, I’m Estelle: a composer, writer and photographer.
In early 2020, just before the pandemic, I decided to return home to Melbourne, Australia from Tokyo. With borders closed quashing that thinking, I needed to make other plans while I waited. I signed up to some online photography courses and posted a photo daily on social media for a year just for fun. People started asking to buy some of my photos as prints and for calendars and coffee table books to read more of my stories that accompany the photos; so I decided to set up this website.
I have been living in Tokyo for 6 years and have so far explored 33 out of 47 prefectures. I am passionate about honouring the people, the culture and the land who generously welcome me into their hearts all over the world; from the monk who cared for me in a Zen temple in remote Kyushu, Japan, to the UNESCO villages of Maramures, Romania.
I use words, photos and music to tell stories.
Stories connect. Stories heal. Stories matter.
My interests and experiences are diverse and this is reflected in my art. I am equally at home in the wilderness, as I am in big cities. I have worked in the film and music industry, educational leadership and consultancy, personal growth and in various businesses, all which have afforded me the experiences to connect meaningfully with all kinds of people and to manage projects to completion on time and within budget.
I have a Masters of Music (instrumental and vocal composition) and am also trained in Special Education.
When I left the Zen temple after a month the first time, the monk gave me a proverb: 詠花吟月 (えいかぎんげつ · eika gingetsu). Oshou San said it means, in relation to me: ‘She reads the flowers and sings to the moon.’ More literally it means to recite a poem when you see flowers and to sing a song when you see the moon. The underlying meaning is to appreciate nature, beauty, the seasons and live an abundant life.
I look forward to sharing the beauty I see, hear and feel with you.
What’s in my photography backpack?
- Nikon D780 and Nikon D750
- Nikon 14-24mm f2.8
- Nikon 85mm f1.8
- Tamron 24-70mm f2.8
- Tamron 70-200mm f2.8
- Tamron 90mm Macro f2.8
- Tamron 150-600mm f5
- Velbon Tripod