Wheatbelt Family Portraits
As we drove out of Lake Grace and headed north, we wondered aloud how any community was ever going to top our experience there. We had been made so welcome by everyone, camped in the most remarkable spot amongst the salmon gums, sandalwood trees and granite outcrops, caught up with old friends and made new ones, photographed some beautiful Oldies for my Lives Well Lived project, and picked up some paid work too.
I explained the serendipitous circumstances that led us to De and Leigh Strange of Strange Images Photography in my earlier Bruce Rock blog post, and we still can’t quite believe how lucky we were to find them within an hour of arriving in town.
De and Leigh not only let us camp next to their shearing shed, again amongst the beautiful salmon gums, they welcomed us into their home and into their lives. De and I were delighted to each find someone we could talk all things Photography with, while Leigh and Steve hit it off and spent hours talking about GIS and how it relates to broad acre farming in the Wheatbelt. We shared stories and meals, cooked up a heap of jilgies (small freshwater crayfish) their boys caught in the dam, spent time with their extended family and were introduced to some amazing people who I got to photograph. I even got some photographs of me that De took that don’t just show what I look like, but capture who I am. I can now finally replace the old wedding photo of me that I’ve been using as a profile photo for years on absolutely everything!
De and Leigh, we can’t thank you enough for everything, and we know we’ll catch up with you again down the track xxx