Acouple weeks back Jonathan Canlas came to Australia to mentor 17 aspiring photographers, in a workshop called "Film Is Not Dead." Being lucky enough to find myself a part of this group of people, I was brimming with excitement long before we even arrived at the rural farm we were staying at.
On the first evening of our workshop, we spontaneously decided instead of splitting up and finding our own meals in the city, we would get to know each other better by taking advantage of the beautiful setting we were already in, and putting our creative energies into preparing a classic Australian barbeque dinner.
On this late summer afternoon our chatter and laughter rang, cutlery rattled, and glasses chimed. The surrounding gum trees lent refreshing eucalyptic-perfume like a palate cleansing wine as we talked our way through the barbequed steak, salads and potatoes.
With some home grown artists on the radio competing with the local magpie carols, and a collection of film photographers at the table, the conversation turned to how each of us were finding inspiration and new ideas through the use of age-old technology. I sat enticed by the new found friendships, the simple food, and the perfect summer afternoon, happy in the knowledge that our American friend and mentor was enjoying the best our country can produce in summer, when his homeland lies far away, deep in its northern winter slumber.
01. Lusia Brimble