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One Tree Hotel, Riverina District, New South Wales, Australia

Attempting to convey the historic nature and feel of this old pub was critical to me in photographing this building. On this occasion, I arrived well before sunrise with the full moon shrouded by thin cloud, creating a somewhat eerie feel to the place. As the early pre dawn light began to emerge from behind me it began to light up the pub creating great even lighting with the moonlight above. The long exposure resulted in an image that helped create the feel I was looking for - one that conveyed the great history that exists in pubs like this all across former frontier lands of Australia.

The One Tree Hotel stands alone against the flat skyline of western New South Wales. It is a stark reminder of days gone by of squatters' runs and stage coaches of the old Cobb & Co that used the pub as a staging post. Built in 1862, the One Tree Hotel was named because of a lone large gum tree and it was made famous by Banjo Patterson's immortal poem, 'Hay and Hell and Booligal'. The hotel was a thriving business in the days until the licence was allowed to lapse in 1942. Often as I travel around Australia, I like to try and capture the Australian pioneering spirit, both current and past.

This photograph is exclusively available as a limited edition print. Edition size: 500


2012 | Gold award - Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photography Awards

2012 | Gold award - NSW/ACT AIPP Epson Professional Photography awards

2012 | Bronze award - Epson International Pano Awards

2012 | Bronze award - Creative Asia Awards

2012 | Bronze award - International Loupe Awards

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