The Exhibition Akubra is Australian for Hat is based on the book of the same name by Grenville Turner published by Andrews McMeel. The book is a series of images depicting Australian people and their hats, as well as comments about their lives and why they wear a hat.
Losing Eden - The Decline of the Macquarie Marshes 1997-2007
This collection of images documents the tragic decline of the Macquarie Marshes over a ten year period.
Land Sea and Light
This exhibtition of images was made to show the variety of images Grenville Turner has produced for the rooms of some of Australia's most exclusive hotels.
Watarrka - Two Opposition Leaders Lost in the Desert - 3rd March 2010
We had a great day travelling through Watarrka traditional lands with the senior traditional owners Ansalem Impu, Junior Impu and Hubert Pareroultja.
I had picked up the men in Alice Springs to meet up with the Opposition Leader in Kings Creek. The plan had been for myself, Ian Conway and the traditional owners to visit some very special sacred sites however, the media insisted that they be given access too. A last minute change of direction to accommodate the media (no sacred sites or sensitive areas) and we set off along remote desert tracks and across country to less culturally sensitive destinations. In all there were 10 quad bikes and it was a long way to travel. We were heading to Fossil Creek a remote area somewhere out there in Watarrka country. I love this sort of stuff, its a lot of fun on quad bikes and I'd visited this place a few years back although we had come in from a different direction. The idea was that Tony Abbott and Terry Mills would be able to spend time the with traditional owners and see some country and that I would photograph some very special places so that we would be able to show a couple of the old men who were too old and sick to travel. This concept was somewhat diluted by virtue of the media's presence but still a successful day albeit without the sacred sites and cave paintings we had originally intended to visit.
Well how things can get distorted by the media when there is an opportunity for news. Tony Abbott lost in the desert!
We were never lost! Aboriginal people don't get lost in their own country, we were just delayed for a few hours and sure a couple of the quads ran out of fuel but I must say the drive back across the spinifex sand dunes was just fantastic. It must have been close to a full moon and as we drove through the night without any track to follow we saw the moon rise. Ah! another one that got away, no way I could have stopped to set up the tripod. I must say it was a long day's ride and it was great to get back to where we had left the trucks at about 9.30pm.
Now the good thing for me is that I will have to go back out there with the Traditional Owners of Watarrka (kings canyon) to get the pictures of them at their sacred sites - part of my book project and also some special pictures for the traditional owners to keep safe and secret.
If you'd like a preview of some of the snaps: Watarrka - this link takes you outside my normal website and is without a link back here.
The Stockmen of Tempe Downs and The Flinders Ranges are my two current book projects. Both are well underway and with the Flinders Ranges, it has been a reall treat to get back into some serious landscape work. Perhaps the most exciting part about this for me, is that after almost two years of shooting people and digital photography I'm now back into film and the pano cameras.
The Tempe Downs project has been an amazing experience, working with Ian Conway and the aboriginal men catching wild camels, wild horses and wild bulls. If you'd like a preview of some of the images: Urrampinyi - this link takes you outside my normal website and is without a link back here.
I have just returned from the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. It has been a great journey with plenty of landscapes in the bag. My stay at Wilpena Pound Resort was fantastic and my thanks to all the staff there who made such a difference. I had plenty of good light and some great storms whilst there which of course makes all the difference. Once again we attended the Royal Flying Doctor Service annual fund raising event, Wilpena Under the Stars and caught up with a lot of people.
I really like travelling through South Australia, it is one of the best states for photography and there are a bunch of people whom I can drop in on to say g'day.
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