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Jonothan Indigenous Tough Guy

Ronald Rockman

Melbourne, Australia

Artist's Description

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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