Stuart's Professional Development.
Edge of the Outback 2009
Photography and Cultural Tour.
In late 2008 I was appproached by Danielle Hobbs from the Mildura campus of Latrobe University to particapte in a program to take students from, North America to the Austalian Outback for a cultural photographic exploration of the South Western Regions of New South Wales. The program is called The Edge of the Outback.
Originally I had planned to blog as I went, about the experience that involved 22 North American students, being taken to places such as Mutwinji National Park, Mungo National Park, Broken Hill & Silverton. Time and technological barriers beyond my control inhibited this. As a consequence this static page will form a record of the 3 weeks I spent on the program, along with links to photos from the trip. I didn't make as many images as I had planned because it became obvious very quickly that helping the students in the field turned into my main priority.
The trip was fast exciting exhaustive and real challenge for my teaching and technical skills. The students proved to intelligent, engaging and good fun. I was amazed at how much the personalities of each student shifted and changed over the 3 weeks that I worked with them. As always, even the seemingly quiet ones had come out of their shells by the 2nd week.
I drove up on the Sunday before the program began. The drive was pleasent and uneventful.On the way I stopped to make some images at a salt pan I had been eyeing off since I first started driving up there with Nikki.