Behind the lens

William Broadhurst: Australia (2015-16)

How old are you?


Where are you based?

Melbourne, Australia

How do you make a living?

Furniture removalist. Before that I painted houses.

What camera do you use?

Mamiya 7

How has travel made an impact on your life?

It’s helped me to slowly gather knowledge and an understanding of the land, as well as the shared history of those living on it.

What does adventure mean to you?

Being all alone in the middle of nowhere photographing, driving to Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Nebraska’ and not knowing where you’ll be sleeping that night.

Port Douglas, Far North QLD

I’ve always been fascinated with the changeover from natural to artificial light and I waited for quite a while at this location to make sure the brightness values of each was almost 1:1.

Port Douglas, Far North QLD

I took this atop of a steep cliff face overlooking the Coral Sea. It was a full moon; the water was 27°C.

Mt. Duneed, VIC

I was at a music festival for the first time in my life and was absolutely hating it. To escape I decided to walk throughout the camping areas with my camera and tripod and eventually came across this stop sign.

Wet n’ Wild, QLD

I saw this photo opportunity when walking up a stairwell to go on a giant waterslide with my little brother. I later came back with my camera and when finished, walked back down against the long cue to many strange glances.

Nhill, VIC

I took this on the way back from Adelaide, SA. It was 42°C and I was rushing to get back to the cooler weather as my aircon was busted. In the distance was this giant bushfire and I just found it amusing to take a picture with a picnic table in the foreground.

Wilsons Promontory, VIC

I get a real thrill out of shooting into the sun. Cool things especially happen when you block it with an object like a rock or tree and the light licks around it.

Broken Hill, NSW

The foundations of Broken Hill came from mining and the giant slag heap that overshadows the town was fascinating. All this spat out earth and rusted corrugated iron under a hazy, hot summer sunset.

Sorrento, VIC

I like to walk the suburbs at night whilst paying attention to the glowing windows. It’s a denied warmth composed of flickering TV’s, broken conversations and squeaky fly screen doors.

West Melbourne, VIC

I waited for the right light at this truck stop listening to Little Feat. They have a tune titled ‘Truck Stop Girl’; which is about a trucker who’s just had his heart broken by his love behind the bar. Great road trip music and highly recommended.

Caulfield, VIC

I was working on my motorbike in the garage out back when something that sounded like WW3 broke out. I opened up the garage door, unfolded the tripod and took a quick 30 sec exposure. It was a Jewish Havdalah celebration in the park behind our house. It seemed like a beautiful family filled evening.