A Quiet Place In The Country

In 1996 I was comissioned by Australian Vogue to shoot portraits of the writer Frannie Hopkirk who had just written a book on her late brother the artist Brett Whitley. She lived four hours west of Sydney - traveling over the Blue Mountains to a small village between Bathurst and Orange was to become something I did with a religious fervour on as many occassions as possible for the next three years.

The session for Vogue in 1996

The session for Vogue in 1996

We were immeadiate friends. I can still remember our first conversations and listening to music..This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance, Popol Vuh, Mascagni..

Hill End 1998

Hill End 1998

Frannie and I started working together. The picture above is from a feature on the famous gold mining town ‘Hill End’ which has been frequented by Artists since the early 1940’s.

Tim Storrier and I re-create the painting by Russell Drysdale of Donald Friend

Tim Storrier and I re-create the painting by Russell Drysdale of Donald Friend

My good friend the artist Peter Wright a resident of Hill End (Rest in Peace)

My good friend the artist Peter Wright a resident of Hill End (Rest in Peace)

Frannie in her garden in Milthorpe

Frannie in her garden in Milthorpe

Grove Farm was another story Frannie and I worked on. It was the oldest house in the central west of N.S.W. complete with a sinister gun turrett in the roof.

Grove Farm was another story Frannie and I worked on. It was the oldest house in the central west of N.S.W. complete with a sinister gun turrett in the roof.

Grove Farm

Grove Farm

Ray Auld - Hill End

Ray Auld - Hill End

Brett Whitley’s Charcoal Sketch of Carcoar

Brett Whitley’s Charcoal Sketch of Carcoar

Carcoar

Carcoar

Bobby Frazier photographed in Hill End pub-1998. He was buying a carton of beer to take home as there was a new local cop who was nicking everyone for drink driving..waiting around the corner from the pub..basically breaking down all social exchange between the locals.

Bobby Frazier photographed in Hill End pub-1998. He was buying a carton of beer to take home as there was a new local cop who was nicking everyone for drink driving..waiting around the corner from the pub..basically breaking down all social exchange between the locals.

Hill End

Hill End

Shiralee Seaman - Hill End

Shiralee Seaman - Hill End

Luke Sciberras - Hill End

Luke Sciberras - Hill End

Cybelle at Grove Farm

Cybelle at Grove Farm

Merina - Hill End

Merina - Hill End

Cybelle - Hill End

Cybelle - Hill End

The Church at ‘Burnt Yards’

The Church at ‘Burnt Yards’

Art Curator Gavin Wilson - compiled the book ‘The Artists of Hill End’ photographed in ‘Murray’s Cottage’ Hill End

Art Curator Gavin Wilson - compiled the book ‘The Artists of Hill End’ photographed in ‘Murray’s Cottage’ Hill End

Cybelle - Grove Farm

Cybelle - Grove Farm

Pub local - Hill End

Pub local - Hill End

Eva - Hill End

Eva - Hill End

Having A Clear Out - Milthorpe

Having A Clear Out - Milthorpe

Patterson’s Curse

Patterson’s Curse