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I'm a Cairns, far north Queensland, Australia professional photographer specialising in travel, editorial and environmental portraiture.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fantastic FNQ photo Friday


Just recently the Babinda Sugar Mill closed down. With nearly 100 years of history, and one of the main employers of this tiny community just south of Cairns, the loss felt will be huge.

A while back I had the opportunity to photograph inside the mill. It was hot, dark, steamy and (funny enough) sweet-smelling. I'm sure working there was terribly hard but photographing it was a ball.

I was doing some work for the Canegrowers magazine. This became one of their front covers. With its halogen lighting, steamy machines and intricate pipework it looks pretty Orwellian doesn't it.

Sugar cane is still a big part of what makes the far north of Queensland unique and it is a shame to see such a major part of local history relegated to the scrap heap of history. Hopefully the town can find a new use for the land that will help it to thrive and prosper. In the meantime we photographers can do something useful for our communities by photographing anything and everything as a record of what is now but may not be in years to come.

2 comments:

CDP said...

Too true Paul re the photographer's role. Big business wins again over local workers :-(

Paul Dymond said...

Not sure if it was a product of big business or just market economics. Either way I think people could see it coming. Now it's time to move on and hopefully come up with a new industry that will support and help the town develop.