Issue 66 of 40 South Magazine
The first in-print publication of pictures from my project This Working Life has just been published over 8 pages in the portfolio section of the highly respected Tasmanian magazine 40° South. If you are interested in Tasmania and all things Tasmanian, subscribe now.
To coincide with this I’ve posted some more of the pictures here. If you want to know more about this project please visit my This Working Life blog.
“Looking at pictures of work can provoke thoughts and feelings about work and life…it leads each to ponder in our own personal terms, not just the subject at hand but the universal nature of human existence.” Ferdinand Protzmann The World of Work.
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne
Gypsy Bar, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Theodore Roosevelt
Nullarbor, South Australia
“Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world.” Sir Thomas Moore (1779-1852)
Byron Bay, NSW
Rottnest Island, WA
Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne
“The strongest bond of human sympathy outside the family relation should be one uniting working people of all nations and tongues and kindreds.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Bourke Street, Melbourne
Job seeker, Hobart
Collins Street, Hobart
Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
“I do not believe we can repair the basic fabric of society until people who are willing to work have work. Work organizes life. It gives structure and discipline to life.” Bill Clinton
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Sunday, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy © Rob Walls 2011
Kat Macaulay, bartender at The Gypsy Bar, Fitzroy © Rob Walls 2011
His first protest; Climate Action rally, Melbourne June 5 2011 © Rob Walls 2011
Exuberance personified at the Climate Action rally in Melbourne © Rob Walls 2001
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy © Rob Walls 2011
While only indirectly involved in any way with photography (it is involved with this particular photographer’s life), I visited the Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart today.
To say that this privately funded institution is challenging, exciting, controversial is understatement indeed. That it exists in the backwater of Hobart is surprising…but then the whole raison d’etre behind entrepreneur, David Walsh’s generous enterprise seems to be surprise. Now all I’ve got to do see how many visits I can fit in before I set off on my trans-continental odyssey for This Working Life on April 4th.
Arriving in the mining town of Broken Hill in mid-afternoon, I decided to stretch my legs with a walk around town. This city is like nowhere else I’ve ever been in Australia. Former prosperity shows through the modern run-down facades, but several of these building exteriors intrigued me:
A beautiful bit of art deco commercialism in Argent Street © Rob Walls 2010
Do they wonder why they went out of business? © Rob Walls 2010
One especially for my wife, Sulyn. She'll get it! © Rob Walls 2010
Election poster on the Warracknabeal-Mildura road © Rob Walls 2010
It’s winter school holidays down here in the real deep south. As a shakedown cruise for my new/used Toyota Hilux pick-up, I came up with the idea of taking my daughter camping in north-east Tasmania to photograph wombats. The very best place to photograph these animals is at Narawntapu National Park where they graze like miniature bison on the flat open areas that used to be potato fields.
Winter is the best time to photograph these shy marsupials, as they come out of their burrows in the daytime, to warm up in the thin winter sunshine. The weather was not at all kind to us, but as the old cliche goes: if you don’t like the weather in Tasmania, just wait five minutes. We managed to keep warm and cheerful and got enough good light to get what we were after.
A wombat peering shyly from its burrow © Rob Walls 2010
Along the way, I discovered a stock photo niche. Amongst the 19,000,000 pictures on Alamy, there is not a single picture of the curiously rhomboid wombat scat. “Scat”, a curious word? A euphemism? Probably. Not much better than putting “s**t”, but then telling it like it is and calling it “shit” is, to my mind, somewhat crude. Anyway, if any natural history photo editors out there are looking for a stock shots of wombat excrement, they should be able to find several at Alamy.com after next week.
As my friend and colleague Roel Loopers said, “as we all know, Rob, shit sells!” I hope so. Here for your information and edification is what wombat crap looks like:
Writer/photographer Ross Barnett has long been active in bringing attention to the ridiculous regulations that govern photography in Australia’s so-called “national” parks. Here he asks some questions of Peter Garrett, the minister responsible and gets some answers that seem to indicate either the minister is evading the questions, or that he lacks the intelligence to grasp the idea that freedom of expression is a value worth embracing in modern Australia.