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.