The Leica M7 - Wild Camping in the Australian Desert

by Nick Bedford

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From late May into early June this year, my brother and I in his Patrol and his mate Micky, Jimmy and Micky’s father in a Hilux embarked on a 4WD wild camping journey into the outback through Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Venturing straight west from Brisbane via Toowoomba, we made our way out to Thargomindah for our first wild camp high on a plateau. After reaching Cameron Corner the next day, we struck south west towards the Flinders Ranges in South Australia via Arkaroola where we tested out the vehicles on the Echo Back 4WD Track.

After witnessing the grandeur of the Flinders Ranges, we turned back north, aiming for the arid desert along the west side of Lake Eyre, stopping on the edge of the enormous salt lake for a windy and stark night in the middle of absolutely nowhere. We then followed the famous Oodnadatta track and beyond into the Northern Territory where our sights were set on the national icons of Uluru and the Olgas.

EXHIBITION // Richard Avedon People National Portrait Gallery of Australia

Saturday 6 Dec 2014 to Sunday 15 Mar 2015

American photographer Richard Avedon (1923–2004) produced portrait photographs that defined the twentieth century. Richard Avedon People explores his iconic portrait making practice, which was distinctive for its honesty, candour and frankness.

image Charmaine Miller

image Charmaine Miller

One of the world’s great photographers, Avedon is best known for transforming fashion photography from the late 1940s onwards. The full breadth of Avedon’s renowned work is revealed in this stunning exhibition of 80 black and white photographs dating from 1949 to 2002. Avedon’s instantly recognisable iconic portraits of artists, celebrities, and countercultural leaders feature alongside his less familiar portraiture works that capture ordinary New Yorkers going about their daily lives, and the people of America’s West. With uncompromising rawness and tenderness, Avedon’s photographs capture the character of individuals extraordinary in their uniqueness and united in their shared experience of humanity. 

Richard Avedon People pays close attention to the dynamic relationship between the photographer and his sitters and focuses on Avedon’s portraits across social strata, particularly his interest in counter-culture. At the core of his artistic work was a profound concern with the emotional and social freedom of the individual in society. The exhibition reveals Avedon’s sensitivity of observation, empathy of identification and clear vision that characterise these portraits.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Richard Avedon Foundation, New York, and The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Curated by Christopher Chapman

Souce (image Gene by Charmain Miller)(http://www.art-museum.unimelb.edu.au)

Local News // Text & image Issue one

TEXT&IMAGE is a great new 'West End' local street rag put out by a group of creative individuals of the same name. Founding members Grant Martin, Dane Beesley and Ben Marks have teamed up with some great local talent, and ISSUE ONE is the result. A great effort indeed, something they all should be f#$%@!& proud about

.Have a peek below and hunt your usual Street locals for your copy, congrats guys & Girls ... we at WECC give it a Thumbs Up....