Tag Archives: Adventure

Synchronised (life)Savers……..

28 May

I have been lucky enough in my life to work alongside people like these two good friends. Very fashionable in their matching gear, this is what these guys do for a living.

In this shoot they were only training for the real thing, but its’ nice to know there are these very special people out there looking out for the rest of us.

 

The road to nowhere…………….

24 Jan

In the valley that heads up into the hinterland away from the coast from where we live there is this bridge. Everytime I approach it I think to myself the bridge to nowhere or the bridge to adventure. Ying and  Yang !!!

Fit and Healthy

19 Jan

Coming from a medical background I can confidently say that not all of the people involved in medicine are the fittest or healthiest members of our community. Long hours combined with accumulated fatigue and easy access to fast food can be the undoing of some in the profession, then there are the others, the one’s that seem to be able to fit in extra shifts, massive study loads and extreme sports.

I was lucky enough a while ago to shoot some stills to promote a team of South Australian Paramedics entry in the National Adventure Racing championships. This form of extreme sport requires competitors to master several disciplines including kayaking and mountain biking and to race over some of the roughest country Australia has. Competing in teams of four, they have to overcome not only the physical hardships but also the mental demons that come when you push yourself to the very edge.

These young blokes seem to take all this in their stride so effortlessly and knowing this reinforces my confidence in the quality of paramedics on our roads today.

These shots were taken near the estuary at Port Noarlunga, and the guys were forced to run, jump, paddle and ride, time and time again in quickly diminishing light to get the shots they needed.  

What we take for granted…….

28 Dec

I fly quite a bit these days, its part of the job and to be honest although commercial jet flights reduce time travelling dramatically and are in the main comfortable and reliable, its is boring. These days jumping on an aeroplane has all the excitement value of catching a commuter train or bus. But it hasn’t always been that way..at least for me. I love planes, I wanted to be a pilot but wearing glasses kind of makes me not quite the first pick for the airforce or an airline to train. My dad flew in the airforce for years and has a library of memories that would fill albums of boys own adventures. I flew gliders for  a while and found it satisfying and restricting at the same time. Great freedom with no motor in your ear, but the logistics of launching and recovery etc took away the ability to have any sort of self adventure.

Recently at another visit to Brisbane airport, this time to pick up a colleague, I was early and decided to have a look at the monument to one of Australia’s’ greatest pioneering aviators, Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith. A hero to millions of people, he was an interesting character that, after some research, is best remembered for his heroic flights rather than his moral standards.

The Fokker tri-motor aeroplane that he flew on some of his greatest journeys is, in my eyes, a flying backyard shed, corrugated metal and slipstream design that would make washing machine look sleek. Can you image the noise, three radial engines vibrating thru the metal clad fuselage. No insulation of any note, no air conditioning or heating, no inflight movies, thermos coffee and a shot of brandy to fight the cold. I wouldn’t want to swap but these pioneers managed to wring every last drop of adventure out of their often short lives.

Next time you board Boeing or Airbus’ latest flying coach, spare a thought for the men that did it tough, albeit I suspect with a huge smile on their face.