Serviceton [Wordless Wednesday]

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Well it’s hotter ‘n blazes and all the long faces
there’ll be no oasis for a dry local grazier
there’ll be no refreshment for a thirsty jackaroo
from melbourne to adelaide on the overlander
with newfangled buffet cars and faster locomotives
the train stopped in serviceton
less and less often
There’s nothing sadder than a town with no cheer
vic rail decided the canteen was no longer necessary there
no spirits, no bilgewater and 80 dry locals
and the high noon sun beats a hundred and four
there’s a hummingbird
trapped in a closed down shoe store
This tiny victorian rhubarb
kept the watering hole open for sixty five years
now it’s boilin’ in a miserable march 21st
wrapped the hills in a blanket
of patterson’s curse
the train smokes down the xylophone
there’ll be no stopping here
all ya can be is thirsty in a town with no cheer
No bourbon, no branchwater
though the townspeople here
fought her vic rail decree tooth and nail
now it’s boilin’ in a miserable march 21 st
wrapped the hills in a blanket
of patterson’s curse
the train smokes down the xylophone
there’ll be no stopping here
all ya can be is thirsty in a town with no cheer

My Locations & Motivations

I had to recently write an artist biography for the exhibition at Atkins Photo Lab. I was advised that it would be helpful to explain to non-photographers why I make pictures of the places I do. It is something that I had not given much thought to for some time. So why do I photograph… Continue reading My Locations & Motivations

Atkins Floor Talk

I visited Adelaide for the opening of the exhibition that Gary had organised and was asked to give a floor talk at Atkins Photo Lab. The talk is below, slightly edited. I made a few pictures on the way over too. Thank you everyone for coming tonight. Thanks also to Paul and the Atkins lab… Continue reading Atkins Floor Talk

Exhibition in Adelaide

The exhibition I am participating in Adelaide in is now being hung by Gary and Paul. Gary has been writing some fabulous articles about it all, this link takes you through to one. So fabulous I’m not saying too much either way. Here’s another out take from the show.

Fast Approaching Exhibition

The exhibition the I am participating in with Gary is fast approaching. This is a first for me in several ways. I am exhibiting pinned silver gelatine prints The prints are from negatives that span 25 years plus of working in Melbourne’s industrial Inner north and I have never enlarged any of them before. I… Continue reading Fast Approaching Exhibition