Stroke of luck earns kudos
Photographer rapt with place in exhibition
Russell Cocking I love the landscape, love the bush.
RUSSELL Cocking captured the moment twin lightning strikes sizzled through a grey-orange sky to strike the ground below Archer’s Lookout at Gayndah.
After receiving enthusiastic attention on Facebook, Mr Cocking accepted an invitation for the dramatic photo’s inclusion in From Country to Coast, an exhibition celebrating three years of local stories shared with ABC Open Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay.
Mr Cocking has been taking part in the ABC Open program for a year and said he “absolutely” would be a part of the exhibit.
He admitted to being shy about entering competitions, but the ABC Open exhibition had given him a buzz.
The self-taught photographer said his “good knowledge of the mechanical side of the camera” from online tutorials and his own analysis drove his choice of subject and style.
“I love the landscape, love the bush,” he said.
“(I spend time) on the internet hunting down places, I look at aerial maps and (consider) different shadows.
“(I identify) a peak, but a nice valley (to photograph) fog settling into the valley for morning sunrise, then I go and scope it out, and work out a time of day.”
Mr Cocking said he took photographs “at least every second day”, with his favourite subjects being sunset and sunrise over Sunshine Coast beaches.
He attributes his creative side to his mother, “a brilliant artist” in many art forms, and started off with a film camera at age 20.
“I did it for about five years until I wore the camera out, but I couldn’t afford a (new) camera, so took it up again about three years ago (at age 46).
“I’m still learning all genres from macro photography to landscapes and portrait, and next up is time lapse work.”
Biggenden photographer Lesty Samson’s photograph of the white whale Migaloo sighted off Redcliffe also featured in the exhibition From Country to Coast.
NATURE A CANVAS: Russell Cocking with his shot from Archer’s Lookout.