Avid photographer Errol Bax, 68, has been working at one of the few photography houses in Gladstone for 30 years. He has no plans to retire because his only hobby is photography.
Avid photographer Errol Bax, 68, has been working at one of the few photography houses in Gladstone for 30 years. He has no plans to retire because his only hobby is photography. Christopher Chan

Errol not keen to retire, even after 30 years in business

ERROL Bax is scurrying around his photography store Quick as a Flash. He is trying to laminate a few large prints before speaking to The Observer.

You can sense the excitement in the 68-year-old's voice as he points to some of the prints hanging on the walls.

"That one is an adhesive print... I'm sure we're the only place that can do them, in Queensland," Errol said.

It has been 30 years since the avid photographer opened his business in town.

Moving from Adelaide to the Harbour City in 1983, it's fair to say Errol is still fairly passionate about his craft.

"I can't really see myself retiring," Errol said. "They say to retire you need to have a hobby or interest but photography is mine."

Errol continuously upgrades stock in his Dawson Hwy store to remain competitive in the digital age.

Three years ago Errol decided to stop processing film. He also installed a mini photography lab in his store so he could process digital prints.

"We wanted to provide everything," Errol said. "I do enjoy the retail side of things because I really enjoy helping people."

Errol also runs in-store photography tuition.

Since 2006, he has taught 500 students during one-day courses. And he's never had a bad word said about his lessons.

"Look what this person said," Errol said as he pointed to one woman's testimonial.

She claims to have learnt more during the one-day session than during her TAFE photography course.

"I want people to get the right advice about cameras," Errol said.

As for his impending retirement, Errol is keen to avoid it as much as he can.

"There are always going to be birthdays, weddings and Christmas," he said. "I wouldn't rather be doing anything else."