Those folks that have been following my posts over the last few weeks would be aware of the terrible bushfires we're currently experiencing in my home state of Victoria. Today's image features an iconic location, Craig's Hut, on Mount Stirling in the Alpine National Park. Situated around 60 km east of Mansfield the hut is a replica of the type built by cattlemen to provide respite during poor weather in the high country.
At 1455 meters above sea level the hut was originally constructed for the 1981 film, The Man from Snowy River, based on the famous poem of the same name by Banjo Patterson. Having undergone numerous alterations over the years the hut was rebuilt after being destroyed by a bushfire in 1993. I made the above image on New Years Day, 2005. The hut burned down once again during a major bushfire on December 11th, 2006. It has only recently been rebuilt.
The above image was made with a Leica M7 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M series Aspherical lens with Fuji Velvia 100 film. I remember being drawn to the surreal colors present in the sky and the delicate pastel glow on the building. I feel this image successfully communicates the power of this relatively modern Australian icon, situated within an awe-inspiring landscape, that harkens back to bygone days.
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