Road Trip

I have the honour of creating a library of images for the Catholic Education Office in Townsville. I'll visit all 32 schools in the Townsville Diocese to capture images of the kids and all aspects of the various Catholic Schools in Townsville and regional QLD. Over the next several weeks I'll shoot about 35,000 images and deliver approximately 6,000 to the Office. I'll do a blog post soon of some of my favourite school images but for now here are some images from my road trip to the schools in Western QLD - Charters Towers, Hughenden and Winton. It's my 4th time out there and a drive that I absolutely love. It's also the first time I've seen grass near Winton. Problem been that following the rain all the fly's hatch out and they were a total nightmare - my tropical strength roll on Aeroguard was completely useless. Within seconds after stepping out of the car you were attacked by dozens of them wanting to get into your nose, mouth and ears.At one stage while doing bit of a "psychogeography" walk around Winton a gentleman drove up in his 4x4 and asked if I wanted to look at the racecourse. In true psychogeography fashion I thought well why not as there could be some good photographic possibilities out there. He showed me his race winning ponies, the local dam and so forth. As we neared the stables I noticed a massive cattle prod next to where I was sitting. I suddenly thought that this is way too "Wolf Creek" for my liking and kindly asked if he could return me back to town. He of course obliged and I was safely delivered back to the corner he picked me up from - "thanks mate that was interesting" All these images were processed with the recently released VSCO film pack 5 which is dedicated to create the look of archetypal colour negative emulsions from days gone by. Western QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern_QLD_007Western QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern_QLD_013Western QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLDWestern QLD

James Cook University Architecture

I've had plenty of time recently to kill between shoots out at James Cook University in Townsville. What better way to spend the time than trying to come to terms with the architecture of many of the original buildings out there. We are all familiar with the term "Sandstone Universities" - well for my money the original JCU must be described as a "Concrete University" or "Besser Block University". Of course things architecture wise have changed considerably in recent years with a new crop of buildings - SoCA, ATSIP, Education Central and the Clinical Practice Building. The Cairns campus has also received an architectural makeover with the recently finished and extraordinary Cairns Institute.Back to the original JCU buildings which seem totally out of place in the tropical environment. These days it's all about sustainability, sympathy to the environment and the intended use of the facility. These buildings which at first I thought were terribly ugly and presented a very cold, austere and institutional look I have recently become quite fond of. I enjoy the fact that they would seem to be prime examples of "Brutalist Architecture" with a nod towards the work of Le Corbusier. No need to travel overseas to view some iconic architectural styles - its all right here in sunny Nth Queensland.

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Mt Ruapehu

I recently spent a fascinating few hours with Amelia Lewis walking around the ski resort on Mt Ruapehu on New Zealand's North Island and observing the architecture of the various ski lodges. I have a long history of love for all things winter and especially snow sports. In my youth I spent a few years working the ski lifts at Falls Creek in Victoria and more recently a couple of trips to Canada to ski on their amazing winter slopes. My vision of ski resorts in the summer season is one of fresh green grass and carefully place hay over rocks to make the most of early season snow falls - not this resort.It is on the side of one of the most active volcanos in the world. Volcano warning signs are everywhere including maps of where to go when the sirens are blasting and an eruption is imminent. The last major eruption occurred in 1996 with several smaller events since then. The summer landscape is quite surreal with various lodges clinging to the side of the mountain with minimal vegetation eking out a living amongst the rocks. For my money the best business in town must be ski repairs with the amount of rocks that would exposed through the snow during the early or late season.

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