I first visited Wilsons Promontory in 1991, got my first SLR in 1998 (a Canon T50, it was actually my new brides camera), and started using it at my favourite walking/ photography destination, The Prom.
In 2004 (much to my wifes chagrin) I destroyed this camera while pushing through the scrub on the overgrown track between Five Mile Beach and Johnny Souey Cove in the remote Northern section of the Promontory. This necessitated an upgrade to a Canon EOS30 which was a big change indeed compared to the almost fully automatic T50. Soon after this I started shooting with Velvia slide film and bought myself a Nikon Coolscan V film scanner to digitise them. The quality of Velvia was a revelation and the photographic possibilities opened up to me by the configurability of the EOS30 was creatively liberating.
At about this time I started to dream about collating my Prom shots into a book. Having already written three drum kit method books I had the software and know how to do this and accordingly printed out my first version in 2006. Looking back at it now the layout is very crude but a surprising number of those shots have still made it into my current version. In 2007 I did two more versions (expensive one off’s) after a major study of book layout and design and then lacking the funds to do anything with it let it lapse. To my great delight a Prom local (Foster) and bushwalking legend, author, ex editor of walkabout magazine and writer of my preface Graeme Wheeler thought the layout one of the best he’d seen before kindly handing me a few pages worth of edits he’d found… lol.
Last year I discovered www.blurb.com but couldn’t face the mammoth task of completely relaying the book out again in there program. Recently however blurb released a pdf to book option which inspired me to try again and finally after another month of effort (thus my low profile on the bub) I’ve finally resized it into a blurb size and finished uploading it tonight.
To put it together I have visited the Prom at every opportunity since 2004 exploring almost every corner possible. I’ve circumnavigated almost every step of its incredibly rugged 130km coastline, climbing most of its peaks and waiting for good light in all sorts of out of the way places. I’m pretty anally retentive about getting things perfect so this is about my twentieth rewrite of the book with every sentence being rewritten half a dozen times, pic edited and re-edited and the layout and text being spaced consistently throughout to within 1/1000th of an inch. I’ve read 23 books, countless articles and spoken at length to the ex-head ranger Jim Whelan and others to put the history together. The project has been somewhat of an obsession for the last number of years you might say so tonight I’m feeling over the moon to finally have something to show for all this effort.
If you like my Wilsons Promontory gallery you’ll love my book. Foreword written by iconic Australian bushwalker and author Graeme Wheeler, four chapters covering each area of the Prom:
• Yanakie Isthmus and Corner Inlet
• West Coast Playground
• South-east Walks
• Northern Wilderness
and a brief written/ photographic history at the end detailing the fascinating past of this area.
Like Redbubble products this is not a mass produced item so the price reflects this. On the other hand it is a very cheap way to get a huge number of my best shots at once, 144 pics over 76 pages.
Book is available here
My dream is to one day mass produce the book at a more salable price but at this point in time I simply don’t have the funds to do this. If any one gets the books any feedback would be enormously appreciated.
There are two versions available a 10″×8″ softcover and a 13″×11″ hardcover.
Thanks as always for the support.
$30 a month of all photography related profits go to the Wilderness Society