I woke on the morning of day 3 of my outback photo trip in a freezing tent at a campsite on the banks of the Bogan river near the own of Nyngan.
I ventured forth, not needing to add clothing against the chill since I'd slept in several layers and a beany. It was a fine morning.
Although the purpose of this trip was to practice street photography in the towns of the outback I had packed the digital gear for just such an occasion. I made my way to the river and shot the sunset.
Later that day we arrived in the town of Wilcannia. It's one of those outback towns that has a ring about it and I wanted to visit. As we rolled up we came across a kangaroo and several emus roaming the streets. This is not normal; the drought across NSW had brought them into town in search of food and water.
Wilcannia is a sadly run-down place. I was learning that the prosperity of a town can be measured by the number of pubs. Wilcannia has one and that looks shut until you find the side door and the one customer; an Irishman by the name of Jim
As darkness fell, we found a spot at a campsite, once more on the banks of a river; this time the Darling. My companion, Steve, rustled up dinner and, as the moon rose over the river, I decided to shoot it behind the gum trees around the tent.
Two years ago today, I was touring the Australian outback on a street photography expedition.
On this date, two years ago, after a Sunday morning photo walk around the town of Dubbo we moved on to and photographed Narromine, home town of the Australian cricket legend Glenn McGrath, Trangie, where the bowls club invited us in for a beer, and the intriguingly-named Nevertire.
I was unable to uncover any interesting facts about Nevertire and the origins of its name. This is unfortunate. I felt sure there would be a story.
We ended the day, after dark, at Nyngan, where we checked into a camp site and erected our tent in dark, freezing conditions.
Two years ago - today - I set off on a street photography expedition around the Australian outback with three film cameras, two digital cameras, a box of HP5 and Tri-X film, my old mate Steve (who lives in Sydney) and his outback-equipped Land Cruiser. Oh, and camping gear.
We were to return to Sydney three weeks and some 5,000 miles later. In between we visited a series of outback towns and truck stops, shot about 27 rolls of film and crossed a desert.
Our first stop was the town of Dubbo. As best I could determine, this is where the outback starts. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon. After dining in the town we returned to the hotel where we were staying (no camping out tonight) to find a very lively atmosphere with music and dancing.
These are the guys providing the music and very good they were. It was highly unusual to see a bass played this way. The light was not the best but I managed to get this pleasing shot of the band in action using my old ME Super, a camera I've had from new in 1981.
I'll document my trip here day to day.
A friend, Helen, who is a Pilates teacher, asked if I'd shoot some videos for her in studioQu4ttro of her demonstrating some posture exercises for those who are confined to home courtesy of COVID and spending a lot of time sat in front of a screen.
I don't normally do video - though my camera is very capable - but she was very keen that I do it and so we did. So I now officially do video.
After the video work was all done - with my son lined up to do the editing - we did a stills shoot of Helen demonstrating some Pilates exercises.