Brisbane Floods 2011 - Inundation - William Parade by Neil Ross

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The photos in this flood collection have not been posted for their artistic merit; far from it, although this is probably one of the few exceptions. They are simply my personal account of the Brisbane Floods 2011 and how it has impacted my life. All photos have been taken in my local neighbourhood no more than 500 metres from my home. I hope you find them interesting and informative.

Thursday, January 13, 2011.

A local fellow from the neighbourhood brought his ‘tinny’ down to our street to ferry local TV news crews around the ‘waterways’ of Fairfield. Not as elegant or romantic as the gondolas of Venice, the tinny serves its purpose and is equally effective and practical. It’s the only way to get around! Not being shy, I jumped on board as well. They didn’t seem to mind. In fact, they were happy to oblige seeing I was a resident.

This is a photo of a local street sign outside a neighbour’s house. The high-watermark can be seen on the wall behind. Water levels have already begun to subside but will take another day before it fully abates. In the original photo, I thought the image was flat and very ordinary, so here I’ve given it some grunt. Hopefully it has worked. (B&W – Sepia)

Photo taken with Canon IXUS 80 IS and edited with Lightzone. SIMPLICITY is my niche!

Companion photo: Inundation – The Neighbours

Another companion photo: Inundation – Brisbane Corso

Yet another flood recipient. (B&W – Sepia)

Original Image:


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I love anything that is unusual, unique, or just plain odd, and that’s the sort of image I try to capture. I’m so far from being the world’s best photographer it’s not funny, but I do have the photographer’s ‘eye’ and am more than proficient at capturing the images I see in my world. Thanks for taking the time to view my portfolio. Feel free to leave a message and say G’day.

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  • Redviolin
    Redviolinover 3 years ago

    wow …how amazing….sorry its affected you

  • Thanks for your message Redviolin. Glad you like the pic :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Teacup
    Teacupover 3 years ago

    wow… amazing pictures… it just shows that art can come from any situation… hope you get your place sorted/refurbished be for too long…x

  • Hi Teacup. hmmmm… I haven’t even started my arty pics yet. I think I got a few cool shots of the rubbish piles out in the street, and lots of awesome mud pics. I’m looking forward to working on those. Thanks for your message. I’m sure this place will get sorted, hopefully sooner than later :D

    – Neil Ross

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 3 years ago

    Incredible image Neil, wishing you all the best in getting things back together.

  • Cheers Alex. It’s going to take time, but all will be done eventually. Thanks for your best wishes :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Tania1403
    Tania1403over 3 years ago

    Brilliant job very impressive! :-)

  • Cheers Tania. i appreciate that :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Ginny York
    Ginny Yorkover 3 years ago

    Beautiful images of devistation Neil. You always seem to bring out the beauty in everything. I hope things get back to normal for you soon.

  • Thanks very much Ginny. We’ve all got the artist’s eyes, so we all have something unique to offer. I like this photo, even though the original is such a dud. Thank God for editing programs. At least I could salvage this one :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 3 years ago

    This is a wonderful photograph but a heartbreaking one, as well. We wish you every success in rebuilding.

  • Thanks very much for your kind words Lori, and cheers for the feature too. That’s awesome :D We’ll get it all back together again. It’s just going to take some time.

    – Neil Ross

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 3 years ago

    This is amazing such a devastating time… great image very well taken :)

  • Thanks Melissa.The whole experience was devastating, but now we’re on the road to recovery. Glad you like this one :D

    – Neil Ross

  • lillybeckart
    lillybeckartabout 3 years ago

    Wow, what an amazing photograph. It was such a shocking time – sorry to hear you were impacted by the devastation. As terrible as the floods were, I was uplifted by the way neighbours pulled together and the stories of people doing wonderful things to help each other. Love what you’ve done with this image.

  • I’m so glad you like this pic, Rebecca. I had to do ‘something’ with it, the original being so boring. It has been an amazing year so far, and friends, neighbours, the general public all being amazing. It’s bought the best out in a lot of people, but others the worst. Human nature I guess. We start rebuilding this week so I feel a sense of relief :D

    – Neil Ross

  • Melissa Dickson
    Melissa Dicksonabout 3 years ago

    Lovely image, well done!
    From your hosts Bevlea Ross and Msmelis
    Australia At Large

  • Awesome. Thanks very much Melissa. I really appreciate the feature. Cheers :D

    – Neil Ross

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