What started as a lift to the airport ended up becoming a spur-of-the-moment road trip to Canberra (Australia's version of Washington D.C) and back. The plan was to pick up my good mate's new car and take shifts to drive back. As it turned out he drove 98% of the way, which was fine with me
As we were leaving I thought, 'SELFE-EEEEE." Then about 1 hour later, "SECURITY LINE SELF-EEEEE". That turned into the idea of making at least 1 photo per hour and put it 'on-the-line' so that those who were interested, pretty much only my wife, could follow along as we sped northward through the night. Sounded like a good idea at the time, but the challenge was to inject some variety into the images with the limited tools at hand.
- iPhone 5
- Small LED Torch
- Super Fast Turbo Lexus is200
To make life easier, especially in the super low light that I was sure to be dealing with, I decided on a simple tonal B&W treatment which allowed the images to take on more of a graphic nature.
What happened to 3pm, I hear you quietly pondering? Well at this point we crossed the border between Queensland and New South Wales and because us stubborn Queenslanders refuses to adopt daylight savings, we lost an hour. It's okay though because on the way up we get it back.
As the light slowly diminishes the film noir just oozes out of me. I have no choice unfortunately. The great thing is that it forces you to use strong contrast because of the lack of gear to fill.
In the end it's kind of amazing what you can do when you are forced to stick to a discipline and have deadlines. I recommend trying it some time, if you do, please post a link to your adventure in the comments below. If you would like to see the commentary that accompanies these images check out my Instagram feed. @SamuelDunstan