Shot taken in Coober Pedy an Opal mining town in Outback Australia.

Coober Pedy is surrounded by desert and scrub, it is fascinating to see kilometers of pink colored soil mounds where the miners have been digging out their claims,

I was told not to venture into the dangerous part of town, wow I thought must go there to take some pic’s.

I came across this guy Jonathon, he approached me with a bottle in his hand, I thought he was going to attack me, I had my heavy Leica camera ona strap ready to use as a defence weapon.

“Hey Brother” he said “Want to buy some Opals”
I told him his bottle was full of dirt ,but I would pay him to let me take some photographs of him.

He haggled with me whilst his tribal brothers were yelling at me to take their photo’s for $5.00

Jonathon had a great face full of character, angst and hardship but full of humour. He was happy to turn his head for me to catch the light on him.

The natural light was perfect at the time

I ended up giving him $25.00, we were both pleased with end result, I had shot everything with film and had to wait a month to see the results.

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aboriginal, indigenous_man_portrait, portrait

Published in Leica Fotographic Magazine and 3 times in Australian Traveller Magazine.

Finalist in the 2011 Australia Day Council of NSW “Living Australia” photographic competitions and have won many awards for my images.

A winner in the 2012 Australia Day Council of NSW “Living Australia” photographic competition.

An Australia Post Postage Stamp made of my winning photograph in 2012

Exhibited at The Maritime Museum in Sydney and The Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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Comments

  • Rocketchook
    Rocketchookabout 6 years ago

    A face of ten thousand stories . The indigenous kids have an inner glow that radiates , thier smiles are timeless.

  • terrific words, thank you
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • jadeast
    jadeastabout 6 years ago

    Great portrait, He looks like he can get by just about anywhere!

  • Rekon he could ha ha
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • mariana7
    mariana7about 6 years ago

    wow…owesome portarit .. i would be scared to meet him in a dark :))

  • ’m sure he would like to meet you, ha ha

    – Ronald Rockman

  • itsallgoodamanda
    itsallgoodamandaabout 6 years ago

    nice one !

  • Hi Amanda, I clicking the wrong reply button, have been seding belated replies all day.
    Better than emails ha ha
    Keep well
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • – Ronald Rockman

  • Karen Cougan
    Karen Couganabout 6 years ago

    great work Rock
    xkc

  • Glad you came by, pretty slow to acknowledge ! no wasn’t hitting the reply key, ha ha
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 6 years ago

    Beautyful light colour and capture Rock

  • Thanks Yool for the critiques, I enjoyed photographing this man, he was so tough to start off with yet after 5 minutes or so I had him laughing and posing for me.
    R

    – Ronald Rockman

  • JayneLogan
    JayneLoganabout 6 years ago

    This is great in so many ways. I’ve enjoyed reading the comments as well.

  • Belated thank you Miss Jayne…stranger!!
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnabout 6 years ago

    This is touching and beautiful and heartbreaking. It reminds me of the Native Americans in the U.S., screwed for centuries by the conquerers.

  • Big belated thank you, I think there is a very strong parralel between them.
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • pollyh
    pollyhabout 6 years ago

    Such a timeless image…so much pride, such a beautiful face…beautifully captured Rock.
    Carol

  • Thanks Carol, I really like the other portrait of him laughing with such power, his face says YOU CANT TOUCH ME!
    Rock

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragheralmost 6 years ago

    great shot,,,,,lovely light

  • Thanks Sean

    – Ronald Rockman

  • – Ronald Rockman

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