Nov 162011

When Google Plus was launched, I wasn’t thrilled. I did not see the value and hassle of one more social network. A few months after, the reality is that Google Plus has done a lot of things right. The interface is sleek and has an interface that makes it is easier to manage your friends and contacts. I also like the fact that this is an informational network, leaving more personal stuff on the side. Finally, it seems to be best out there for photographers since pictures are rendered great and well presented. No surprise then that a large and active community of photographers is alrealy using that network.

For all these reasons, I have activated a page echoing this site. For those following me on other networks, you will have noticed that I am not a every minute poster, I basically replicate the entries that are made on this site. The idea behind is to allow those of you that use mainly social networks for their browsing to keep informed with what is happening on this site.

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Nov 162011

The Murray River is the third largest in the world and runs for 2500 kms. We stopped on its shores in Mildura, a little town surrounded by wineyards and fruit nurseries. Sort of a little oasis in the middle of the outback. A very refreshing one.  (click on pictures for high res)

All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Nov 152011

Walking in the streets of Silver City, you can’t imagine how buoyent and wild this town must have been in its early years. Nowadays, the main silver mine is about to close since the reserves have been depleted. Tourism, art galleries and souvenir shops have taken place of the filthy bars and pubs. The wild have gone, and the caravans of pensioneers have taken their place.  (click on pictures for high res)

All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph.

Nov 142011

Broken Hill is home to one of the largest silver mine in the world, and this how it got its “Silver City” nickname. When you enter main street, you feel like you are now part of a Western and almost expect Bonnie and Clyde to appear running out of a bank.

PS: once again, the streets where deserted, so I had to ask my Bonnie for a little help.

All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph

Nov 132011

Cobar is the typical 150 years old mine town. One main street straight out of a Western movie and mines all around the area. Next town is 120km so the sense of isolation must be quite strong for the 6’000 settlers. It doesn’t prevent kids to have some fun …

More later when I get a better internet connection

Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph at F2.0, 1/8000, ISO160

Nov 122011

Far from the glitter of East Coast hides the other face of Australia. Small towns in the middle of nowhere that survive mainly with farm work. Many of its inhabitants are either migrants or Aborigines descendants and alcohol and drugs are the main plague. Not quite the Bronx but still surprising to see cars driving around with RNB music shouting out of the windows, addicts staring at invisible worlds , stores protected by fences and bands of kids wandering in the almost desert streets.

Some say the govenment is taking action. To what I have seen, there seems to be still a long way to go. But somehow, I hope this little girl will beat the unfavorable odds. (click on picture for high res)

Leica M8 with 35mm Lux Asph

Nov 112011

Something that is definitely missing in smaller Australian towns is the downtown activity that can be found in Europe. Business close very early, around 17h and it becomes tough to find anybody in the streets after that. As we say in French, there ain’t even a dog there. Well, I actually found one in Roma (obviously, the Australian one, no spaghettis for me tonight), and another lone rebel soul.

Adelaide is about five days away … outback street photography is definitely too demanding in terms of patience.  (click on pictures for high res)

All pictures taken with Leica M8 and 35mm Lux Asph.