I started on the large format silo project yesterday evening with a black and white shoot of the silos at Talem Bend using the 8x10 Cambo in late afternoon. However, the conditions were not ideal for this kind of photoshoot.
The sun is now quite intense even before it disappears below the horizon, and the clouds that I wanted for cloud cover did not eventuate. There were clouds in the sky when we were in Adelaide, and it looked promising as we drove along the south-eastern freeway to Talem Bend. But the clouds hugged the coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula coast, rather than moving inland across the Murraylands. So, to my dismay, it was clear blue sky at the silo location.
The next stage of the silo project was organized today whilst I was in Adelaide having a coffee with Peter Barnes and Gilbert Roe at Cafe Troppo in Whitmore Square. This stage consists of a photo trip with Gilbert in mid-October 2015 along the Malle Highway ---probably the section between Pinaroo in South Australia and Toolebuc in Victoria. We have agreed to camp at Ouyen and to make trips out from that base. Gilbert will be using his pinhole camera.
It is not quite accurate to say that I started on the silo project yesterday. I'd already started as I'd previously done a photoshoot of the silos at Lamaroo on the day that I was returning to Adelaide from Hay on the Canberra trip.
Again the conditions were not ideal for this photoshoot. Once again I wanted more cloud cover. It was raining in Lamaroo and I waited in the car for the showers to pass. By the time I got the 8x10 gear set up the clouds had more or less gone. Overcast conditions would suit me, but these kind of conditions are very unlikely this time of the year. Winter time is probably the best time for this kind of project.
At this stage the plan of the silo project is for the Mallee section to be self-contained, and for it to take the form of an artist's book that will be submitted to the book competition at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2017.
Another possible photo trip that was suggested during coffee was one to Wallaroo, and it would be the 3 of us around mid-November 2015. Wallaroo is on the western side of York Peninsula and there is a big silo complex there. Peter is an architectural photographer and he had photographed the silo on a previous trip. He thought that I would find the silo complex architecturally interesting. I'm not sure how this would fit into the silo project, as this project is currently centred around travelling on the Mallee highway and the Western highway in the Wimmera.
I've been using google to look for other Australian photographers work on silos as I'm sure that they have been photographed over the years. There are lots of stock photographs but nothing on the Large Format Photography Blog in spite of Max Dupain's 1930's modernist studies of the Pyrmont wheat silos. I did, however, find this body of work on NSW silos by the architect Hal Pratt, who spent the seven years photographing more than 350 silo locations in NSW for the State Library of NSW.