Colours of Industry

I have been looking over the photos I took during our site tour of BHP Billiton.  I found this a hard and frustrating shoot as I set myself the goal of only using a 50mm prime lens and everywhere I looked I wanted to zoom in closer. 

This photo was cut out of a very basic photo.  When I looked over it this section caught my eye.  I am aware that there are different grades of ore and that it is mined from different areas, but I was really amazed by the difference in colour.  Beauty can be found everywhere around us.  We really do need to just take the time to look.

The Pilbara Project Teaser

The Pilbara Project from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

Well here it is. A post at last. In my defense editing video is a longer process than editing one still image at a time. Those stills guys, Tony, Les, Christian, and Peter have it easy.

It was a real honor to be involved with “The Pilbara Project” and many thanks go to FORM for giving me the opportunity to hang out with some amazing photographers and not just the professional ones. It was also great to see the graduates of the previous photographic courses enjoying the experience of shooting with the pros and not being intimidated by their experience.

This clip though short took a lot of time to produce and I am already seeing ways I could of done it better but it’s just a taste of what is to come. I have hours of footage and audio to sort through and hope to add to the project in future visits to the Pilbara with my new mates Les, Tony, Peter x2, Carolyn, Linda, Jane, Faye, Judith, Nicole, and Simon. Christian didn’t get a mention because he’s my brother not my mate (too long sharing the same room hehe!!) but I must say that he is instrumental in all of us being here and for that reason I think we all cant thank him enough.

Cheers for now guys……

Mike Fletcher

An Amazing Journey!

I have lived in the Pilbara for the past 15 yrs and I see it as one of the most amazing and interesting places I have ever been. I am still in awe of the colours, textures and the vastness of my home.

I am one of the PHotography students who got to spend time with and learn from the ‘Pros’ – Christian, Tony, Peter, Les & Michael along with fellow students Judith, Simon & Nicole. Last week was spent seeing my stomping ground through their eyes and I have to say it was amazing! It was also at times comical to see who each person was watching and which way each camera was pointing. Thanks to Carolyn & Peter for their fantastic organisational skills, along with some fantastic conversations.

I am so thrilled to have been selected (thanks Christian) to participate in the Pilbara Project. (I have bruises from pinching myself) The concept of this project is brilliant and I am grateful to be a part of it. I have taken part in the PHotography 08 & 09 courses and have gained so much from the experience. I have always loved taking photos but now I love photography.

My photography journey has truly only just begun and I am so very pumped to continue on my way, and through this blog, share my journey with others.

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