One of the first photos Gary Chapman took with his new drone, a DJI Mavic Pro, was at Joyces Creek, near Newstead.
“It was a beautiful still morning,” the Castlemaine photographer said.
“The lighting was just sublime.”
The aerial shot is one of three photos of Mr Chapman’s to feature in a newly released photographic book, Behind The Wheel, created by independent publisher Worldwide Publishing Empire.
The Australian book captures life on the Australian road and features the work of dozens of photographers, including a handful from central Victoria.
Local photographers Julie Millowick, Julie Hough and Michael Rayner feature alongside Mr Chapman, as does the work of writer Jenny Valentish.
The subjects of Mr Chapman’s other two submissions include a picturesque shot of Talbot’s streetscape with no cars and an old petrol bowser on a farm, one of the first digital images he took.
But the Joyces Creek photo captures his favourite time of day to photograph – in the morning light.
“I love the first rays of the day and the time just before the sun comes up,” he said.
Behind The Wheel was launched at Mr Chapman’s framing and photography business earlier this month, with people piled out onto the footpath.
Fellow central Victorian photographer Julie Millowick also has her work featured in the book, with five submissions from her many travels around the country.
“My contributions to the collection are typical of Australia, and the Australian way,” she said.
“They capture situations that are part of everyday life in rural and regional Australia.”
The Fryerstown photographer began her career in the dark room of influential fashion photographer Athol Shmith, before upgrading to carry gear for John Cato and Peter Barr.
“Gradually they let me out into the light and it was fantastic,” she said, starting a career that has gone on to include a masters degree, an honorary lecturer’s position and a photography business on the side.
“Basically my life has been working in photography.”
Five of Ms Millowick’s photos appear in the book with varied subjects including a goat tied up outside a Warracknabeal pub, the Dingee memorial hall and a Mad Max-esque shot of rain falling on the RM Williams Way in South Australia.
- Behind The Wheel: Photographs from the Australian road is available to buy at Chapmans of Castlemaine in Mostyn Street.
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