Although Christopher Nobs moved to Darwin earlier this year, he still calls Queensland’s Gold Coast home. He arrived in Australia and the Gold Coast in 2008, fell in love with Queensland and hopes to move back on day. He takes photos to make people smile and has certainly put a smile of the faces of thousands of Instagram fans who follow his adventures @chriznobs seeing the world through the eyes of fictional character “Woody”.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I am originally from Germany and have German and Filipino blood.Photography is my hobby. I work as an educator and I’m furthering my interest in primary school teaching. I started taking photos as a child, playing with my mother’s film camera.
At the age of 16, when I had some money, the first thing I bought was a camera. Nature, architecture and animals always fascinated me.
With Instagram, I got more serious to take more photographs and taught myself how to shoot with manual settings. It opened up lots of opportunities for me, which involves travelling. I got lucky and found a following for my little friend’s adventures.
How did you come up with the Woody idea?
When I started Instagram, I took pictures of anything that appeal my eyes. At first, I didn’t know what this app was all about. For the first month, I thought it was just an editing app because of its filters.
After a while I figured out, that you can follow people and found inspiration in the “popular page”. From there I became friends with a couple of toy photographers who inspired me to become one too.
I love the stories you can tell with them, the comedy side of it and most of all the creativity. The biggest challenge is to make them look realistic. I have a big toy collection but Woody stands out because everyone knows him.Also, for me he is perfect to shoot with, because of his movable joints and two facial expressions. This enables me to make the toy look more realistic.
Where have you travelled to in Queensland?
I’ve also been to Cairns with my family.Other than that, I was able to drive to Girraween National Park for camping. The south of Queensland is quite easy to travel around by car. There is so much to see.
What was your most memorable trip in Queensland?
Where else have you been?
My last trip in Queensland was to Moreton Island and Tangalooma Resort, where I snorkelled around the shipwrecks, went quad biking, rode a Segway, fed the fish and wild dolphins.
It was an action-packed day trip. I’d recommend staying at the resort for a few days in order to enjoy the activities offered.
What was your most memorable experience?
My most memorable Queensland experience was diving at the Great Barrier Reef. It really is an amazing place, colourful and has very clear water with lots of sea life.
Unfortunately, during my time in Cairns, I didn’t own a good camera then and also had no underwater gear. Nowadays I am fortunate to use my GoPro for snorkelling or diving.If you were going to take your Mum on a road trip where would you go?
Queensland is amazing. My main focus would be a road trip that includes camping at some National Parks. I know that she would love them especially.
Beach or desert?
I personally love the beach, to listen to the waves especially which calms me down quite a bit. Also seeing the sunrise and sunsets at some locations like Currumbin is so peaceful. I love watching the sun go down with the reflections on the water.
I like the restaurants at Jupiters because of their convenience and great deals.
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays. I haven’t been there yet, but from pictures, I imagine them as the best because of the white sand.
My favourite town would be Canungra. It’s a beautiful location, close to the Gold Coast. The surroundings offer a lot of photo opportunities. I was always discovering new places there.
They have a lovely camping ground called James Sharp Park. It’s perfect for families. It is lovely during summer to swim in the creek. Also nearby is a place called Marian Valley.
If you had to move to somewhere else in Queensland where would you choose?
To me, the Gold Coast is already perfect to live in, because of the weather. Not too hot in summer and not too cold in winter. But I would also like to live on the Sunshine Coast.
Most romantic place you’ve been to?
There are two places that I found most romantic. One is surrounded by water and one is high up in the mountains. So first of all would be Lady Elliot Island. The other one would be O’Reilly’s with the view overlooking the Gold Coast hinterland.
When things get too much where do you go to get away from it all?
Canungra is relaxing. Sitting at a waterfall to clear the mind or praying at Marian Valley is very peaceful to me.
Three places on your bucket list?
1-Hamilton Island, Whitsundays including flying over Heart Reef
2-Sunset in Cape Hillsborough, Mackay to see kangaroos at the beach
3-Cape York Peninsula