A few weeks ago we packed our bags and left sunny Brisbane for a long weekend in Melbourne. The sale airfares we had meant our baggage allowance was limited to hand luggage, which forced us to be selective about the camera kit we took. While I’ve moved away from the old days of wanting to carry every lens we own when we travel, it was even nicer to just grab my camera with a single lens and go with that.
Of course that approach means we tend to end up just taking our favourite lenses. I’m still a portrait photographer at heart, and my go to lens remains my 85mm. What that means in travel photography, especially in a city environment, is that I focus on the detail, because I usually can’t be far enough away (and still within clear sight of my subject) to capture anything wider. That’s not a problem, it’s actually my preference, and it’s led me to what I think of as my “city fragments” approach.
It’s fun because it makes me look at the details around me, letting me hone in on them without the distractions of everything else that’s going on around me. It’s those little details that make cities so fascinating to me, and Melbourne is no exception.
One Sunday morning earlier this year we decided that a road trip was in order. So we pulled out our map and started planning. As soon as I saw the words “Lost World” I knew it was where we would end up. It’s a valley situated behind the Lamington National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland. I’ve been to surrounding areas numerous times, but somehow this little gem had previously escaped me.
It was a gorgeous day, so we put the top down and set off armed with our cameras. It’s such a beautiful place, that by the end of the day I was seriously trying to rationalise the substantial daily commute that would be involved if we moved here. Maybe one day…