This town died when the railway that
sustained its existence re-routed.
An eerie ghost town with faded shop fronts
and a host of photographic possibilities -
especially during a stormy sunset –
draping life over this faded facade and (almost)
lifeless town.
Terowie SA 2007
Made famous as the town where Gen Douglas MacArthur gave his “I shall return” speech on March 20th 1942 at the railway siding – a rest stop on his way by train from Darwing to Adelaide. (Visit the plaque on the deserted platform)

Taken on a three day trip from Barossa to Broken Hill to Mildura looking for typical australiana to grace the 2008 CoolDrive calendar.


terowie, architecture, south_australia, buildings, derelict, facade, faded, outback, sunset, urban

I look for design in everyday situations, Industrial grunge, typography, quirky landscapes, colour, form and anything with a design aesthetic that catches my eye. I completed a Diploma of Graphic Design and have continually worked in this field. I prefer to compose and design in-camera – my graphic design training taking over:) I return to fertile ground once in a while trying to improve previous pictures.

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  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaabout 7 years ago

    I love this kind of work – the light and feeling is wonderful – Great work Mark!

  • Mark Higgins
    Mark Higginsabout 7 years ago

    Thanks Paul.
    I was in a hurry to make the next town before dark so nearly
    didn’t turn off to checkout this town in outback SA.
    I am glad i did and managed to get a couple of shots
    before the light became unusable.

  • Melinda Kerr
    Melinda Kerrabout 7 years ago

    Great, great light and obviously captured just at that magical moment before the sun disappears for the night. Love it Mark.

  • minoanphotography
    minoanphotographyabout 7 years ago

    This image makes me feel calm, the warm tones against the smokey grey/blue sky is awsum.
    Good job!

  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammeralmost 7 years ago

    Glorious light Mark and the contrast between the buildings and the sky is superb.

  • L B
    L Balmost 7 years ago

    nice work.. nice story – love the composition ( the left pole makes it)… well seen.

  • rossco
    rosscoover 6 years ago

    Breathtaking! This is amazing!!

  • midzing
    midzingover 6 years ago

    brilliant lighting, well shot…I love this

  • Mark Hayward
    Mark Haywardover 6 years ago

    fantastic work mark. love these old towns and shopfronts, but sad too though seeing them slowly fade.

  • Michael Lothian
    Michael Lothianover 6 years ago


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