Monthly Archives: February 2012

a different visual experience….

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… on our way down to South Australia we stayed at a campground right by Mt Stuart highway…hardly anyone there – all motel units empty and deserted. Bit of an ugly site nothing more than convenient and safe. We were cooking and giggling away in the fading daylight…suddenly I looked up and saw this….the units that had just been shabby, old and unattractive completely changed their appeal in the fading light against the dark blue sky…I dropped everything to capture this somewhat spectacular transformation.

an ancient tree clutching the rocks…

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…seen high up in Kings Canyon.

Inside the ‘Garden of Eden’

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Yes, I guess I really like working with light and shadow…and the resulting strong contrast images. And that’s how it was…bright and dark at the same time.

Garden of Eden

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…captured on my descent into the ‘Garden of Eden’ off Kings Canyon Rim walk. This walk takes you 270 metres down into the chasm, between the sandstone cliffs into a true oasis. A natural spring waterhole surrounded by local and exotic plants and trees such as gums, bonsai looking trees and enormous prehistoric ferns create a truly unique atmosphere. As you can see…I again couldn’t resist playing with light and shadow…stunning reflections and light.

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Uluru…Kantju Gorge waterhole

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Yep…this photograph and memory just stands out for me. I was lucky to be almost by myself when entering Kantju Gorge. At the end of the gorge one gets to this waterhole…you are surrounded by sheer vertical walls, incredible colors and a profound peacefulness.

It could have not been more still.

a different look on Uluru…

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I know this is quite abstract and very different to the photos below…Well, I dragged two cameras around and this shot of Uluru I took with my pinhole camera. It is early in the morning and I am standing in Uluru’s shadow shooting towards west. I like it.

You will see more of my pinhole experiments.

Inside Uluru…

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From a distance, Uluru looks smooth and featureless. But up close its face is weather-beaten – pitted with holes and gashes, ribs, valleys and caves. To the Anangu people, who own this land, these features are related to the journeys and actions of ancestral beings across the landscape.

This is inside one of the rock’s caves…

Uluru…

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…there is so much to see and feel around Uluru, Ayes Rock. It is magic there, really. Uluru base walk is 11 km, you walk right around it – sometimes with quite a distance, sometimes you are so close that you can’t help but touch it…when we got there at 7am Stephanie and I parted right at the start…she turned right, I turned left…you have to give that rock space and quiet. We both felt like doing that and went off on our experience. It was beautiful.

This is one of the first shots taken that day.

 

Kata Tjuta

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Mereenie Loop Road

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Fabulous, fabulous Mereenie Loop Road…an extraordinary day!

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I am starting a blog! Oh dear..am I?!

Gosh, now I am starting a blog! How about that!? The reason I am doing it is that I have so many photographs I’d like to share but don’t really know when and how. A few trips and projects were ticking away over the last couple of years and I am not sure if those photographs will ever see the light of the day. So, why not sharing them with you on a blog…that way I feel they at least become a chance to be experienced by more than only me. Not sure if the photographs do but the experiences certainly deserve to be shared…! And I’d like to start with impressions captured during a most recent trip of mine…a very moving, engaging and adventurous trip to the Australian outback. It was my third time to the Australian desert – the outback has been calling me back ever since I was there first in 1994! And last year, I was lucky to be able to go again with my dear friend Stephanie. Four weeks off the beaten tracks in a 4WD! It was beyond beautiful and filled me with gratitude, freedom and awe for the power of the place. I feel there is no stretch of land more ancient than this…it is so blunt, raw, spiritual….and red! Within a short time frame I felt utterly connected to the land. I could move with great freedom and felt at one with the landscape – I missed this connection the moment, I had to leave the serenity and peace of the place. I could talk about it for hours but I won’t…I am not a writer and find it hard to put my thoughts and feelings into words at times. Too often words (well, my words) can just not describe what I see and feel in that very moment – whereas, I feel happy to capture them in a photograph. So, I let my photos speak and decided to post one image a day (maybe two?) and let you become part of the experience and land.

What’s left to say…..I loved it, loved it, loved it and know – I will visit you again precious land!

Enjoy….and thanks for calling in from time to time.

Lets gooooooo!!  xxx

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