Alice Springs was my first stop after moving from Belgium.
I had been there before, but traveling or living somewhere are two very different things.
A short visit gives you all the quick and shallow impressions of a place, while living gives you an in depth understanding of how things actually work.
Working for the local newspaper gave me a fantastic opportunity to get to know Alice Springs and its surroundings very quickly. Assignments would range from editorial photography to sports, crime, real estate, social events, venturing into remote bush land or Indigenous communities to shoot a story in the vast land of Central Australia.
Driving fantastic distances through these deserted areas makes you feel humble and puts things into perspective.
Working as a press photographer can be thrilling. One day might be chilled out and the next you could be rushing from one job, with six down the pipeline . All the jobs are in a different setting, spot and atmosphere. There was so many different people, from politicians to award winners to musicians to farmers.
One of the more interesting shoots would have been a bush sports event about 200 km North East of Alice Springs. There was whip cracking, line dancing, ute competition, horse riding, lizard racing, bull riding, steer riding, truck tyre racing, etc.
Another memorable moment was a sunset flight in a light aircraft to Tennant Creek. Stunning landscapes from high up.
The ocean and the waves didn’t keep me in Alice though…
It is a fantastic place to be, but my love for surfing didn’t keep me there.
The image of the bull rider is © News Ltd.
Pieter has been a part of Studio Commercial for just over a month now.
You’ll come across this towering Belgium during a range of photo shoots. Interestingly enough, Pieter started off as a Physical Education teacher in Belgium. He’s been soaking the Australian sun rays since 2008.
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