Craig Wetjen is a professional photographic artist and author with 30 years experience. He began his career at the age of 16 as a photojournalist photographing for the local Newspapers in the tiny state of Connecticut USA. Moving to Santa Barbara Ca. where he received his Bachelors degree in Photography. His career highlights are shooing for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories documenting the Mars Pathfinder and Cassini projects. He moved to Australia 21 years ago to play a pivotal role in establishing Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) digital imaging photography course. He has gone on to become a national and international award-winning photographer, and has self published two books of images of man’s best friend and their owner. He is now sharing his wealth of knowledge, passion and creativity teaching photography at Photography Studies College (Melbourne).
However, the journey his photography now takes him on is far more personal. He has initiated the Men’s Shed Photography Project in 2010. Its aim is to increase awareness of men’s health issues—mental and physical—by documenting how the iconic backyard shed is a space not only for fixing things but also the men inside them. Most of the men captured in these images struggled to articulate what their sheds mean to them. In these cases images can speak more powerfully than words. The Project has now been published and titled ‘Men and Their Sheds’.