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Lou's dirty little secret

"My Dirty Secret" - special mention in the ABC Open Up Close project. PHOTO: LOUISE GUMB
"My Dirty Secret" - special mention in the ABC Open Up Close project. PHOTO: LOUISE GUMB Louise Gumb

WINNERS of the ABC Open project 'Up Close' were announced yesterday, with Wooloweyah photographer Louise Gumb receiving a special mention for her photograph titled 'My dirty little secret'.

The image, a self-portrait of her own feet was the only entry made by Maelstrom Made Design, the design company owned by Louise and her husband Dan Gumb.

Describing the subject of her photo, her own muddy and unkempt feet, Lou said that she thinks they are hideous.

"So hideous in fact, I remember being dumped by a boy because of them when I was in my teens," she said.

Ms Gumb said that the Up Close challenge had shifted the way she looked at the world around her.

"Driving along the road I am no longer looking at the drama of the clouds or the filtering sunlight on the distant hills or even how the water ripples on the river," she said.

"I am looking at that rain drop running across my windscreen or the lights on my dashboard and thinking: How can I capture that in an aesthetically and interesting way?

"It has changed the way I look at my children and even the way I look at myself, warts or should I say toes and all," she said.

With over 5400 contributions to this project from all over regional Australia, organisers say it was not easy to choose a winner.

A cockroach from Esperance in WA, two horses from McKinley in Queensland and a huntsman spider from Mt Gambier were awarded first, second and third respectively.

You can find Malestrom Made Design on facebook www.facebook.com/maelstrommadedesign or blog http://maelstrommade.blogspot.com.auTo view all the entries, go to http://open.abc.net.au/projects/up-close-51sd4nu#/about

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