Pic of the Week_Serpentine Gorge_Central Australia

 

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 film Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 film

Here's a favourite image that I made a number of years ago and, except for one exhibition, has remained relatively unseen until this post. I came across it while hunting through images for a recent talk I gave on my life, thus far, in photography.

It's great to think that the talk, and the work associated with putting the presentation together, re-introduced me to this and other images.

The image in question was shot at the end of a full day of photographing along the West MacDonnell Ranges near Alice Springs in Central Australia. I arrived at Serpentine Gorge, 100 km west of Alice Springs, late afternoon and climbed atop a rocky outcrop just in time for the sunset. As you can see the view was spectacular and a privilege to behold.

Important to indigenous people as a resting place for the Rainbow Serpent, the gorge seemed imbued with power. I descended and followed the path, framed by Red River Gums and ancient rock, back to the car in the eyrie near dark. The sense of pervading quiet was intense and stayed with me for some time after I'd left the Gorge.

Central Australia remains one of my favourite places and is rich in photographic opportunities. I recommend it to anyone interested in landscape photography and a taste of the 'Other Australia'.

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