The backtrack to the outback…

I’ve been wending my way northwards through New South Wales more slowly than anticipated. The main thing slowing me down has been the picture opportunities along the way. For a photographer with time to spare, that can only be good.

At the start of the Kidman Way, the road to Bourke and beyond © Rob Walls 2010

No sooner do I get into the Australian countryside than I seem to be overtaken by the spirit of Walker Evans. This is probably appropriate in that the project I’m involved in is inspired by the work of the photographers of the Farm Security Administration. Coincidentally, their work was intended as a documentation of the economic stimulus package designed to lift America out of the depression.

Donna Aitken, proprietor of Cafe Whitton in Whitton, with her grandson, Tyson. © Rob Walls 2010

Facade, Leeton. © Rob Walls 2010

Facade, Leeton. © Rob Walls 2010

Massage practice, Yanco, NSW © Rob Walls 2010

Butcher's shop, Cobar, NSW © Rob Walls 2010

Katrina Schrader, the new barmaid at the Royal Hotel, Mount Hope, mid way between Goolgowi and Cobar. © Rob Walls 2010

Tomorrow morning I plan to photograph a farmers’ rally to protest the Federal Government proposed water restrictions on irrigation. Practically the whole town of Bourke is expected to shut down for the rally. More FSA type documentation it seems…

plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

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Filed under art, Australian, Digital photography, documentary photography, Photographer, Photography, Photojournalism, portraits, Rob Walls, Stock photography

6 responses to “The backtrack to the outback…

  1. Your photos make me love Australia even more than I already do!

    Roel

  2. I think that is the best compliment I’ve ever had, Roel. Thank you…

  3. Thanks David…I’m enjoying myself. Off to Lightning Ridge in a few hours.

  4. Great shot of you on the road Rob.

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