Photographed in Spring 2010
Victoria Dock Hobart, Tasmania, home of local fishing and cray boats, testifies to the state’s strong maritime connections and history by it’s proximity to the city’s central business district. Only five minutes walk from the city’s GPO the boats tie up, with their nets and cray pots quietly stacked waiting for their next trip. Mount Wellington watches over the city in the distance, a dusting of Spring snow covering its summit. There’s no doubt in my mind that Hobart is the most beautiful capital city in Australia.
Between the port on the River Derwent, and the mountain, this image reveals the keys to Hobart’s early success. The many rivulets—creeks to mainland Australians—fed the fledgling colony of Hobarton, and its famous Cascade brewery, the country’s oldest, with a reliable supply of fresh water that made the settlement on the Derwent Eastern shore viable, (unlike earlier attempts across the river).
The port district is a living link to the role of waterways, as the prime means of moving people and goods in 19th century Van Diemans Land, and capturing vital fish to help feed the colony.
I took the photograph with the second and last of two rolls of Kodak Kodachrome 64 transparency film I exposed in and around Hobart, during Winter and Spring 2010. This roll was exposed through a classic 1959 Voigtländer Bessamatic SLR. It was fitted with a Voigtländer Super Dynarex 135mm f/4 telephoto for this picture.
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