Adam mines op­por­tu­nity

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - STREET WATCH -

A TRIP to the big­gest gold mine in the world helped Adam Levi Browne gain recog­ni­tion for his photography.

The East Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent and wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher was in­vited by his fa­therin-law to the Gras­berg Mine in the re­mote moun­tains of West Pa­pua, In­done­sia.

“The op­por­tu­nity came about be­cause he works as a FIFO worker and I had seen pho­tos on Face­book of the area,” he said.

“I went over for one week in late Jan­uary. Usu­ally you are not al­lowed to go over un­less you know some­one work­ing there or if you get per­mis­sion.

“It’s a place that’s not re­ally seen by tourists. I found it pretty un­real; it’s 14,000 feet in the air, so hik­ing is full-on.”

The pho­to­graphs taken there earned Mr Browne first place in the doc­u­men­tary/ pho­to­jour­nal­ism cat­e­gory of the Cap­ture mag­a­zine Top Emerg­ing Pho­tog­ra­pher Awards.

He also earned third place in the over­all awards and the wed­ding cat­e­gory.

“The doc­u­men­tary cat­e­gory is about ob­serv­ing what you see and tak­ing a photo,” he said.

“Peo­ple need di­rec­tion, which is some­thing I’ve found dur­ing wed­dings, be­cause they feel awk­ward so I’m al­ways try­ing to guide peo­ple.

“The recog­ni­tion is over­whelm­ing and hum­bling; the feed­back from my peers is great.”

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