Tugboat dreams 2

Charlene journal

2010, Fremantle, Western Australia. Tugboat tales. I took this one from the deck of a tug, the Svitzer Eagle, if memory serves me, with Captain Steve. I think what I like so much about tugs and their work environment is the phenomenal scale of one thing against another. In this shot, I’m on the foredeck of a tug, which is …

Tugboat dreams 1

Charlene journal

2010, Fremantle, Western Australia Here’s a throwback to 2010. In the wheelhouse of a tugboat, in the Fremantle harbour, Western Australia. Captain Laurie at the helm, during a towing operation on the Svitzer Wambiri. Getting to observe and photograph the inner workings of a tow vessel was one of the best experiences I’d had in the 14 years i lived …

Raging light

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Western Australia, 2010 / 2011. A week-ish long 4WDing trip along the Holland Track (a beautiful drive close to home then) culminating in the Goldfields of Western Australia. At this point, I was watching a storm rage over Lake Johnston, a massive salt lake, near the town of Norseman. The lightning shot — handheld, since I didn’t own a tripod …

Reflection

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June 2014, Fremantle, Western Australia. On the night train. I had a chat with Christian Fletcher and Carwyn Church this morning, for a Light Minded podcast episode! I was surprised to find myself talking about missing Australia. When I left Oz, I was pretty sure I’d never return. But i spent 14 formative years there. Perth, Western Australia, was where …

On Sunsets

Charlene journal

Kurdistan, Iraq I went out this weekend past with my video rig, intending to shoot video. Only video. That lasted all of 2 minutes. Too many opportunities to capture good stills. Video is part of my work, and I really enjoy using a camera for motion. Capturing movement in a frame is still a novelty and point of fascination. It’s …

A taste of divinity

Charlene journal

Kurdistan, Iraq It was crisp and chilly up in the mountains. The roads, all but empty. The sun, a many pointed star through my lens, shone off snow on the mountain tops. There was a point at which I felt as though I was face to face with those white peaks. But no, i was simply being swallowed by their …

The definition of joy

Charlene journal

Kurdistan, Iraq Road, mountains, light. Feeling in the depth of your marrow, your place in the world. However momentarily.

Snow

Charlene journal

Kurdistan, Iraq It began with a cold snap and a massive snow storm on Friday. We woke up to a sparkling white world on Saturday. All over the city, people came out to play in, with, and around the snow.

Winterscape

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Kurdistan, Iraq Cloud, mountain, tree line; all crystal, like the air in my mouth. Winter in Kurdistan. X-T3, XF 16-80mm F4

Signs of war

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May 2019, somewhere in central Iraq. A main street from the safety of the car. This is a continuation from the last post. This is the town on one bank of the Tigris River, where we started/ended our boat ride. It was shuttered shop fronts and bullet riddled walls. Barbed wire and blast walls. Crumbled edges and rogue rebar. It …