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All About Kay

A Happy Mindful Photographer

Born and raised in the southern region of Australia, among saltpans, snakes, boatsheds, and tussocks, Kay was taught at a young age to respect the moods and movement of land, sea, and weather.

As an adult, she learned to observe interacting patterns, colour, and shapes and their effect on our wellbeing.


During secondary school Kay took up photography with sights on becoming a professional photographer. Life had other ideas, however, and a career as a professional singer-songwriter ensued.

Expressing herself as both a performing and visual artist, Kay exhibited her paintings between gigs, all the while continuing to take photographs.


She formally studied black-and-white analogue photography, digital, architecture, wedding, and portrait photography, digital editing techniques, professional writing and editing, and interior design.


Informally she has studied painting, colour psychology and metaphysics. For the past twenty years, Kay has been an holistic, esoteric, intuitive practitioner and meditation teacher.

Combining design aesthetics with an artistic eye and mindfulness, Kay's photography reminds us to see beauty in the detail, find gratitude in the ordinary, and feel the rhythm of life in the everyday. She wholeheartedly celebrates colour and its benefits on our demeanour, while equally upholding the value of finding harmony in the chaotic and colourless. 

The motivation behind all of her creative works, particularly photography, is to steer the human eye to see the ethereal exquisiteness of what lies beyond the mundane, the everyday, to  the soul of a scene.


Subconsciously, her images often touch on intersections of time exploring how history and past generations form a background for present-day activities. 

Her mantra is to practise the gentle art of finding peace through her lens, so that it may create a ripple effect not only through her own life, but also with those who take the time to view her works.

Living on the water's edge for the past eighteen months in Geelong, has gifted Kay the wondrous opportunity of photographing the sea in all of its moods. Postcards are now available for purchase.


Kay looks to capture and document the quirky, the juxtapositions, irony, humour, emotion, beauty, and harmony - life, really.

"In a very focused way (pun intended) I've learnt so much about living in the moment, being in awe of the tiniest details, slowing down, and falling in love with the world over and over again through the lens of my camera. Photography sharpens my gratitude, keeps me mindful, and reminds me to add happiness to the world, not subtract from it. If people consider my images to be without meaning, then they have overlooked mankind's need to feel joy and be humoured, which are prerequisites for wellbeing."
Published Media
AWARDS: Top 10 Photographer of the Year, 2023  (Travel)
For "Under the Streetlamps" 
Published in Australian Photography Magazine hardcopy
(Australian Photographer of the Year edition, December 2023) 

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Australian Photography Magazine hardcopy and digital, (Feb-March 2023 edition)  Blurred Lines  (Speed theme)
Published in Australian Photoraphy

Frames Magazine digitally published Kay's earliest foray into  photography, aged 15, this portrait of her mother.

"Breakdown #1" Click here to read more.

Mother, woman, lady

Tomasz Trzebiatowski, editor of Frames Magazine, reviews "Tahlia" on his YouTube Channel

Click here to listen (at 12:41).

For more On the Couch Series, click here.

girl on a couch by Kay Gibbons-Buckwell

A French Night

Part of the Postcards from Europe series, the following images were shot in Colmar, France, August, 2023, on a rainy night.

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