It’s nearly three months since I last posted here. 2011 was probably the most intense year of picture taking in the 50 years that I’ve been a photographer. In the last year or so, I’ve driven almost 50,000 kilometres across Australia photographing work for my project, This Working Life. By the end of last year, I had reached a point where I could feel that burn-out was imminent. Left with the choice of taking pictures or blogging, I decided to neglect the blogging. But now I’m back.
On Saturday last, I went to Salamanca Market to photograph the stall holders setting up for the day. Held every Saturday in Salamanca Place (or just Salamanca) as the locals call it, the market has for nearly 30 years been a bustling and lively scene. Last Saturday, I had reason to be there early and decided to get there in time to see the stall holders setting up.The early morning light, the interaction of workers and early-bird market goers, the mounds of fresh produce and the promise of a hot, sunny, late summer’s day was well worth turning out of bed in the dark for.
Setting up for the day. Good coffee and fresh donuts. My breakfast at 6.30am, © Rob Walls 2012
Stall holders setting up © Rob Walls 2012
Oranges waiting to be juiced © Rob Walls 2012
Lentils, oats and rice © Rob Walls 2012
Display of pumpkins, Harvest Feast, Salamanca Market, Hobart © Rob Walls 2012
Vested interest. My wife grew the beets and a lot of the herbs in this fine display © Rob Walls 2012
Attention to detail. Every carrot meticulously displayed © Rob Walls 2012
Good friends of organic produce, Michelle Dyer and Jonathan Cooper of Harvest Feast © Rob Walls 2012
Last month, in Broome, I was invited to photograph the recently completed home of Trish Pepper. Trish, a superb cook, is one of the caterers on the television production I was working on. Her house is an excitingly designed and dramatic statement that uses large open spaces and decks to take advantage of Broome’s tropical climate. The bold and bright colour scheme picks up its notes from the red pindan earth of the surrounding desert. There’s even a boab tree growing through the courtyard deck.
Trish Pepper's home in Broome, Western Australia
While showing her the results of the shoot on my laptop, Trish commented, “They are wonderful pictures. What a great camera!”. I couldn’t resist it! I just had to re-cycle/re-use that old and probably apocryphal story about the photographer and the titled lady admiring his pictures after dinner.
Having had dinner at Trish’s house and enjoyed her food every day while I was there, I could not hold back: “…and your food’s wonderful too, you must have a great stove”. Her response, “Oooops!”…I think we are still friends.
The delicious (groan) irony was that Trish really does work with a great stove. The production company had just installed a professional grade, La Germania and I can guarantee it’s good. On the Sunday I photographed her house, it was her day off and so for fun, I cooked in it for the crew, roasting five large chickens stuffed with lemon slices and rosemary.
If anyone is interested my “great camera” was a Nikon D300 with the Sigma 10-20mm wide-angle zoom lens. The chickens were served with a Greek avgolemono sauce (recipe here). And it’s a great looking house, Trish…
PS Special thanks to that consummate continuity person, Lesia Hrubyi, who hustled around ensuring that everything was neat and tidy.