I was on my way to Canberra. It was early in the morning and I was driving through the Murraylands heading towards Wellington to catch the ferry across the River Murray. The days journey was to go to Talem Bend, travel the Mallee Highway, and have an overnight stop at Hay in NSW. I was hoping to take some photos of the exposed roots of the redgums along the Murrumbidgee for the Edgelands project.
I was travelling alongside Lake Alexandrina and it was the light and the colours that caught my eye. So I made a cliched 'on the road' photo with my decades old one lens/one camera. It is photography with a rangefinder camera. A spontaneous snapshot with its trace of the real.
Whilst making the photo I realised that the Leica rangefinder film camera is basically a relic in a world of automation and algorithms; in a world where photography is now produced through a mathematical set of rules that work autonomously, without human interference and which are self-correcting. You press the button and the program takes over to produce a data set cheaply and easily. Perfection.