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It is the moment after sunset, but before the sky goes completely dark, when photographers Vicky Cooper and Doug Spowart get out their cameras.
Their subject? The glow of a telephone box, or an illuminated living room.
Perhaps a deserted petrol station might catch their eye.
“Places tend to come alive with all these different lights,” Mr Spowart said.
“You look at the place differently from what you would during the day."
Castlemaine and Chewton are the most recent towns to feature in the Queensland couple’s Nocturne Project, a collection of twilight photography from across Australia.
Other places to feature in the series include Towoomba, Musselbrook, Grafton and Bribie Island.
The pair turned their lenses to central Victoria while house-sitting for a friend.
It was the gold rush-era architecture and railways that enchanted them most during their time in the region.
“When we went up and photographed the train exploding through the tunnel, it just had an excitement about it,” Mr Spoward said.
“We'd go past the old Chewton Town Hall, which sits there in such a lonely way."
They refer to this pang of melancholy as “solastagia”, the feeling of loss for an environment undergoing great change.
Walking a dog and dressed in high-visibility clothing, the pair often attracted the attention of passers-by.
“People are curious, they come up and ask what we're doing,” Ms Cooper said.
“We are definitely happy to show them and share that experience with them.”
In fact, finding out the human stories behind the places they photographed was what brought their work to life, the pair said.
They share their work on social media in the hope of hearing from those with special connection to the sites.
Their generosity comes naturally; both teachers, Mr Spowart and Ms Cooper also impart their talent during stints as artists-in-residence, tutoring the community how best to photograph their town.
They are now stationed in Tasmania.