The mo­ment

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hook­ing up on a rainy morn­ing in Toowoomba and we headed to­wards Lon­greach.

Late in the af­ter­noon be­tween Tambo and Black­all with the sun just set there was that par­tic­u­lar in­land light.

Dave was pulling a B-triple with an Ea­gle and in that light the truck took on a life of its own.

A mem­ory of a good trip with Dave. Out of the Desert: I took this pho­to­graph on Or­ange Creek Sta­tion, south of Alice Springs.

As a photo it was noth­ing out-of-the-box, a grey desert day and a dull unin­spir­ing pho­to­graph. Yet as I started to dis­sem­ble the colour lay­ers, there were hid­den colours and de­tails in the pho­to­graph that I had never sus­pected. Work­ing the Top Deck: We were load­ing cat­tle west of the Daly River with the sun get­ting low in the sky be­hind the driver.

The shot, to me, sym­bol­ises the work of a live­stock truck driver push­ing the cat­tle through the decks. Shift­ing Wean­ers on Karundi: Karundi Sta­tion is south-east of Ten­nant Creek and the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and I was out there film­ing with Peter Saint and his fam­ily back in the 1990s.

While Peter used his truck for long hauls, it was also es­sen­tial in shift­ing cat­tle around the sta­tion and this day-to-day process is caught in this im­age. Re­mem­ber­ing Char­lie (cen­tre­spread): I spent a short time with Char­lie and Jus­tine John­son and their fam­ily in the small town of Ara­mac in a re­mote part of Queens­land.

Trag­i­cally Char­lie was killed in his truck com­ing home from Townsville.

Jus­tine and her fam­ily have kept the busi­ness go­ing.

This photo is a mem­ory of the short time I spent with one of the real char­ac­ters of the bush and the strength of a bush fam­ily to sur­vive.

And that is what photography and the mak­ing of images can do – cap­ture mo­ments in time, both happy and sad, mo­ments to be shared.

Work­ing the Top Deck, Daly River, NT, archival print on can­vas 40cm x 30cm.

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