Snap­per’s eerie im­age shared na­tion­wide

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Al­bany pho­tog­ra­pher Brad Smith is the man be­hind the lens who took what has be­come a con­fronting im­age of Al­bany’s bush­fires.

His pic­ture of the Torndirrup Na­tional Park bush­fire cir­cu­lated on so­cial me­dia and news out­lets last week af­ter the dev­as­tat­ing bush­fire emer­gency in Al­bany.

When he took the photo on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Smith said he was hop­ing ev­ery­one was OK be­cause he could see the fire across the har­bour was get­ting big­ger.

“I had seen the smoke ris­ing ear­lier in the day and thought that it was still con­trolled,” Smith said.

“Af­ter din­ner my younger daugh­ter saw the glow in the sky and said to me ‘can we have a look Dad?’, so I grabbed my cam­era and went for a drive down to the fore­shore.”

Smith said the sight that met them was hard-hit­ting

“It was a con­fronting scene across the wa­ter,” he said.

“The sky was glow­ing red and looked like the fire was very close to the houses along the wa­ter­front.

“I rested my cam­era on a sand­stone wall, as I did not have a tri­pod, checked the set­tings on the cam­era and put it on timer and clicked the shut­ter but­ton.”

The im­age he cap­tured was soon shared na­tion­ally as the fire emer­gency un­folded.

“It was, and is, a ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion as peo­ple have lost homes and prop­erty, but I am re­lieved no one was hurt, or worse, in these fires,” he said.

Smith is a pho­tog­ra­pher for As­plin Images.

Brad Smith took this con­fronting im­age.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Brad Smith. Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

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