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“YUCK, I look terrible in that
photo – please delete it.”
I tried grabbing the photo from
a friend’s hand, and he quickly
locked the device.
“Ha! Nothing you can do about
It was true.
My hacking abilities are mild,
at best. Besides, most people can
overpower me (it’s something I’ve
learnt to live with).
I felt resigned. And probably
looked it too, because next thing I
knew my friend was handing me
the device, unlocked.
“If you really hate it, delete it,
but I think it’s fine.” I could tell he
was being genuine.
“Look at the face I’m pulling, I
look terrible – how could you like
“Because it’s a photo of you, my
friend, whom I love dearly.”
Now he was just having me on,
and trying to play on my guilt.
In any case it worked, because
I didn’t delete the photo. (Though
I do lay awake at night wondering
when the monstrosity will surface
on the internet, a void from whence
it can never truly be deleted).
It got me thinking about all the
times I found it an unnecessary,
self-concious act when friends
asked me to delete photos they
didn’t like of themselves because
they didn’t look “perfect” or “pret-
ty” or “nice”.
Photos that, in 20 years’ time,
we’d be grateful for – because
they captured the true personality
of that person, or emotion of that
I love a lot of people who hate
having their photograph taken.
I also used to hate it too. In fact,
it still makes me uncomfortable
but I suffer through it for a very
The thing is, when the people
we love pass away photographs are
all we have left to remember what
they looked like, how they smiled,
how they frowned, and the time we
spent with them.
I recently lost a few people who
I loved very much, and the one
thing that struck me after losing
them was the sparse amount of
photos I took with them.
Usually, at an event, I’m the one
with the camera – taking photos
of other people and capturing their
memories (and while it can come
across as annoying sometimes, I’m
mostly thanked for it afterwards).
It’s a bit of a double-edged
sword really. If you’re busy taking
photos and posting to social media
pages, you rarely have time to
actually enjoy the moment.
But the (sarcastic) saying is true:
“Take a picture, it’ll last longer.”
We’re lucky enough to live in
an age when taking photographs is
very simple, and accessible.
So, if not for yourself but for
your loved ones, staying still for a
moment and letting someone take
your photograph doesn’t have to be
the end of the world.
In fact, it could even be the first
step towards self-love and self-ex-
pression that you didn’t realise you
Not every photograph has to be
“picture perfect”, because every
photograph of the people we love
always will be.
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Pool upgrades put to the test
RENMARK Swimming Pool’s
new toilets and changerooms
were officially unveiled on Friday
during the 2017 South Australian
Disabled facilities were a
requirement for hosting the event,
which attracted almost 400 com-
petitors from Friday until yes-
terday, plus hundreds of family
members and support crews from
across the country.
Renmark Paringa Council allo-
cated $230,000 to the project last
year as part of its 2016/17 Annual
The works included the removal
of toilets and showers, which were
replaced with new ones, plus the
installation of a new family room
and disabled facility.
Renmark Paringa Council
mayor Neil Martinson said
council committed a significant
amount of funds to make the
facilities suitable for the event
and to benefit users of the pool.
“Council will also do up the
front of the main foyer outside
and inside the swimming pool
to really dress the whole place
up,” he said. “Some of that work
has already started and should
be finished off in the next week
Councillors passed a motion at
December’s council meeting to
include a further scope of works
due to the initial project coming in
The works include, painting all
posts and fascias – currently aqua
green – black, rendering the front
walls of the building, then install-
ing new signage, replacing entry
gates near the kiosk, and removing
all aqua green bins and replace
with fewer waste and recycling
PAGE 3 Titles make a splash
THE Murray Pioneer
has appointed a new
Joe Schwab joins the
paper, taking the position
vacated late last year by
Nick Dillon, who served
in the role for 13 years.
Joe, who hails
from Meadows, in the
Adelaide Hills, recently
graduated from Uni SA
after completing his
course, with a sub-major
in public relations.
He is a keen sports
fan and says he enjoys
watching and reading
about “almost any sport”.
The 21-year-old has
been a semi-regular con-
tributor to the highly-re-
garded Mount Barker
Courier newspaper in
recent years, and has also
written sports articles for
theroar.com website and
Joe plays a variety of
sports, and has already
lined up for the Pioneer’s
mixed netball team.
“I’m genuinely excit-
ed about my first jour-
nalism gig, and although
I’ve only been here a few
days, I’m already enjoy-
ing being at the Pioneer,”
“I know the Riverland
has a great sporting tra-
dition, and I’m looking
forward to continuing
and hopefully improving
the sports coverage in the
Pioneer editor Paul
Mitchell said the paper
had welcomed Joe on
“Joe’s full of enthusi-
asm and new ideas,” he
“We’re keen for him
to get out and meet as
many people associated
with Riverland sport as
possible. It’s our job to
provide the sports cover-
age our readers demand,
and Joe’s committed to
Meet the Pioneer’s new sports editor
The new toilets and changerooms
at the Renmark Swimming Pool
include the installation of a new
family room and disabled facility.
PHOTO: Christian Longobardi
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