Postdigital Photo Blog is on the road!
I’m on holidays, which for the moment means I have the opportunity to write this blog quite freely, but not much chance to take photos.
Ironically, because I had to be somewhere talking about photogrphy, there just aren’t enough days between now and Christmas day for this trip to be the leisurely photo safari I’d envisaged. So far, it’s just one quick phone snap.
Certainly there won’t be much film based work here for a while.
In my part of Australia – as in nearly all parts – we’ve been in drought for years, but this drought has been broken spectacularly. Today I saw so many photographs, but could stop to take none of them. Windmills in seas of floodwater, once-dead trees sprouting profuse vertical shooots. And rolling emerald-green hills shadow-striped and cow-dappled. I think I could have convincingly blogged a report from Ireland today. It’s a change from the pale straw of summer we’ve grown so accustomed to.
Barthes suggests that a really good photo is at its best when it is not being looked at, but is being remembered. Maybe I can remember not being able to take these photos, and they’ll be really good.
The photo above is a wall of strom cloud bounding the South East of Queensland today. Things were pretty rough. Thanks to the endless delays due to roadworks repairing the damage from the recent extreme rain (I’ve driven 800km of intermittently damaged roads in 48 hours) we didn’t quite make our planned stop – this was as close as we got, except for a brush with soome heavy rain annd just two plinks oof hail on the car.
For once it was good to be behind schedule.