Florence, Italy, is being loved to death. It is being beaten into the ground by millions of tourists and people selling fake bags and selfie sticks. They thought they could save her by declaring she was a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982. But all they’ve done is draw out the end. Painfully. She is choked. Blackened. Spat and shit upon. She is drowning. Dying. And it’s not a pretty sight.
Some images from the recent Heritage Photography Tour run by Ufocus where students took a step back in time with their cameras to capture the history, the characters, the wildlife and the architecture of rural Australia. The tour could not have been the success it was without the brilliant camp hosting and expertise of Getamongstem Hunting and Fishing Adventures.
A few years ago those people who scout for great movie locations wandered across the Liverpool Plains in North West NSW to find the perfect farm backdrop for the 2006 installment of the Superman franchiase – Superman Returns.
They decided on a flat expanse of cropping country with dark chocolate soils and a patchwork of white, yellow, red and green paddocks depending on what seeds the local farmers had sown, with smokey blue hills in the distance.
The movie people came, made their movie and left, taking everything with them except for an American style barn which is now being used as, yes you guessed it, a barn. They left the landscape as it had been before they made their DC Comics character fight with aliens to save planet earth.
And it would be a good thing if they sent Superman back today. Not to make another movie, we don’t want the made up cartoon guy with a cape and unmovable hair … we want the real thing. We need a Superman (or woman) to save planet earth again … specifically the Liverpool Plains from being dug up for the coal that sits under the chocolate brown soils that are not just good for growing farm crops in but are the BEST soils in the country for the task. Sorry, long sentence.
Anyway, we have the barn and the backdrop, we just need a super few people with a bit of forward thinking to realise that digging up ancient dinosaurs and swamps and trapped sunlight so we can burn it to make power to run our TVs so we can watch movies is pretty daft when there’s enough sunlight falling out of the sky to do the job.
I for one would much prefer we leave the landscape as it is.
Last week saw another successful Ufocus photography tour - this time with the theme being Heritage. We went north to the rural heartland of Upper Horton and visited, along the way, the area's links with the first explorers, the pioneer farmers, the industrial revolution and First World War.
The next Ufocus workshop I'll be involved with is the upcoming Photojournalism school which begins on April 23.
Contact Ufocus.net for details.