The art and craft of catching
Bruce Honeywill believes truck photos reflect life
MANY photographs are ephemeral, they illustrate a story and are gone on the winds of time.
Trucks are a pleasure to photograph, they stand big on the landscape, they exude power and they symbolise hard work.
Before the coming of digital photography and our everyday use of iPhones, photography was considered something of a craft.
To illustrate a story in the glossy magazines you needed to know about the different effects of different lenses, the speed and reaction to light of film.
It’s hard to believe in these days of selfies and the instant gratification of looking at a photograph on the screen of an iPhone within seconds that 30 years ago using Kodachrome meant waiting up to three weeks for the film to be developed in Melbourne, three weeks to find if that great shot is a cover shot or rubbish tin fodder.
A thousand photographs can be taken for one exceptional one, one that stands out on the page, one that you remember.
It is some of these that I enjoy working on, taking the original image beyond its life as a photograph and attempting to create something that can live beyond the page or the screen.
Today there are a thousand ways of adapting photographs.
I use traditional painting methods in the digital realm and produce something that comes alive on a piece of canvas, something that is tactile and lives in the real world.
A selection of these pieces, attempts to catch moments, appear in this issue of Big Rigs.
I will attempt to briefly tell the stories that live in the canvas of each print. Going hard on VRD (cover): A Kenworth in the old colours of Road Trains of Australia.
I was filming video on Victoria River Downs in the Northern Territory with the RTA boys.
We loaded and were heading back along station roads to Top Springs.
We were at a paddock gate on VRD and the trucks came around a wide corner and through the gate.
This photograph caught the power of the moment. Dave Heads North: I drove with Dave Sauer over the years when I was working for Hillman’s Transport.
I travelled with Dave after
thousand photos can be taken for one exceptional one, one that stands out on the page...
Dave Heads North, archival print on canvas 40cm x 30cm.
Out of the Desert (detail), archival print on canvas 40cm x 30cm.
At work: Catching a moment in time, a memory forever.