Today was a special day. A Saturday Safari to Mount Archer, a beautiful, cool and peaceful place overlookinng the city of Rockhampton.
“What’s a Saturday Safari?” you ask. Well, it looks a little like this, but somewhat bigger:
Rockhampton is a hot place. Victorian era novelis Anthony Trolloppe famously referred to Rockhampton as the “city of sin, sweat and sorrow”. While Mt Archer is usually cooler than the town below, summer is beginning to bite, and it was very humid.
I have always loved the rainforest of North Queensland. Some vague notion to record some of the small-scale beauty of these places is probably what was behind my initial youthful enthusiasm foor photography, running around with a Zenit 12XP Soviet camera. The eucalypt forests of Central Queensland are trickier than the rainforests, at least for me. The trees are not as huge, there is not such a strong distinction between canopy and undergrowth.The trees are beautiful, but you can’t isolate their shapes and lines so easily.
For me, photography is a process involving the environment, my own sensibility and the constraints of the camera. Today I took my Nikon N90S film camera and 50mm prime lens. In a tricky environment like this, I find that limiting my choices can be really helpful. So, arriving typically late (kids) to the outing, I wandered down the walking track.
A couple of years back, Mount Archer suffered from ferocious bushfires. Now, although the forest is a little more sparse, the only obvious sign of the fire is the bark, burnt black, in stark contrast with he native passionfruit and other vines that have begun climbing again.
While I have yet to scan two-thirds of the film, I’ll close with one image I really like. When you pull a film out of the developing tank, it is always exciting because you never quite know what you are going to get. In this case, I got exactly the image I wanted, of two natrally interwoven Cycad fronds.
All these photos were shot on Lucky 100 SHD film, developed in 1+100 Rodinal solution for 20 minutes.
The photographers in the group have really interesting and diverse approaches, and take some great shots. Do have a look at the group’s Flickr stream to see what other eyes came up with.