Recent Work

Otway Breathing

I’ve driven the Great Ocean Road in Victoria quite a few times. Each time, I’ve noticed the rainforest of the Otways and thought “I should go in there one day”.

I had a couple of weeks free in early June, so “one day” finally arrived. The weather wasn’t ideal, but I managed to visit Hopetoun and Beauchamp Falls in the Otways, with a brief stop at Gibson Steps on the Great Ocean Road.

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Kangaroo Island Wildlife

As much wildlife as we saw on KI, I didn’t really photograph a lot of it.

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  • Australian Sea Lions

  • Sooty Oystercatcher

  • New Zealand Fur Seal

  • Tammar Wallaby

But we also spotted:

  • Kangaroo Island Kangaroos

  • Echidnas

  • Cape Barren Geese

  • Koalas

  • Lots of birds, including Crimson Rosella, Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo, Superb Fairy-Wren

Japan Again

My third trip to Japan in May wasn’t really a photography trip, but I did manage to spend some time making photographs of some people.

Kolmanskop

In 1908, a labourer shovelling sand off the railway tracks from Luderitz discovered some interesting looking stones in the sand. Turns out they were diamonds, and pretty soon mining claims were established, and the town of Kolmanskop was born.

By 1912, the area was producing over 10 per cent of the world’s total diamonds, and Kolmanskop grew into a small, but very rich town, with its own butcher, baker, ice factory, and elaborate houses for the resident architect, engineers, doctor and mining managers. There was even a school and hospital.

The long hallway of the hospital building, being overtaken by the dunes

Light beams through rusted iron boarding up the window of this room in the school

Mining was interrupted by World War I, and the town started its final decline from around the 1930s, with the last family leaving in 1956. Since then, the desert has started to reclaim the town. While many buildings are still standing, they're gradually being filled with sand as the dunes continue their march across the landscape. 

In some buildings, the sand has reached up to the top of door frames

I first became aware of this place through some photographs shared by Andy Biggs. Since then, it seems like every photographer who travels through Namibia stops in here. For this reason, I couldn't shake the feeling on the first of our two days here that I was just going through the motions. Collecting photographs, rather than making them. But now that there's been some time between shooting and editing, I'm pretty pleased with a lot of the work I produced here.

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