Norm Neilson operated a picture gallery before moving with wife Jean to Benetas’ Dalkeith Heights retirement village in the town of Traralgon in the Latrobe Valley in the Gippsland region of Victoria.

His love for photography is alive and well and the retirement village is holding an exhibition to highlight his works.

More than 50 people attended its opening in the village’s community centre on Friday, 12 April, with a number of the 83-year-old’s photographs sold on the night.

The exhibition includes more than 50 framed images taken from across 36 countries as well as items from Norm’s antique camera collection also on display.

The self-taught photographer says his philosophy has always been “to wait for the very best light, either early in the morning sunrise, or late afternoon at sunset, adhering to these principles has seldom let me down.”

Originally from Traralgon, Norm operated a gallery in Metung in East Gippsland before moving with Jean to Benetas’ Dalkeith Heights retirement village in March 2022. He has now moved to the adjoining Benetas’ Dalkeith Gardens aged care home in November 2023 for medical reasons.

Norm is thrilled to have his works exhibited in the community, allowing friends and neighbours to enjoy some of his life’s work.

“I’ve had the good fortune to travel the world, from Antarctica to the Artic, so it’s great to be able to share these images with the Dalkeith Gardens and Dalkeith Heights communities,” he said.

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