This is a photograph of Seamans Hut of a night time and is one of my favorite images that I shot for a TIME Magazine Special Edition in 2007. It wasn’t published with that story but I have a print of it on my wall that never fails to remind me of the incredible beauty and awesome power of the Snowy Mountains.
Seamans Hut was in fact built in 1929 as a memorial to a skier, Laurie Seaman and his friend Evan Hayes who both lost their lives in a wild turn of weather on the peaks of Targangil (Targangil is the Ngarrigo Aboriginal name for Mount Kosciuszko). And while this image always makes me think of a benign nativity scene, there is no mistaking the potency of the reason for the construction of Seamans Hut.
Yet it is this paradox, between the sweetness of the image and the savageness of the terrain that gives this image its depth. When a photographer picks up their camera and points in a certain direction I believe it is important to comprehend what it actually is that they are looking at. Everyone has a camera now days… so what defines the ‘Art’ of photography as opposed to just more visual wallpaper? And why is photography one of the most commonly used languages in the world?
At ‘Its A Hard Life’ we would love to hear your thoughts on this. What is it that creates that indefinable difference between just a photograph of something and something more? Have you got a photograph that truly describes the essence of something in the Snowy Mountains? If so we would like to see it and put you in the running for a free place in a one day workshop or private photographic lesson in September in the Snowy Mountains.
To enter, simply upload your photograph to the Flickr Group ‘Its A Hard LIfe’ (access by clicking the icon on the left hand side of the page) clearly marked with the image title and your photo credit. Then send us an email with your contact details and if we decide to publish it we will get in touch and do a short interview with you.
Closing date is the 1st September so get your photos in now. The judging panel will be drawn from the editorial committee of Photojournale and this competition has NO copyright restrictions and NO entry fee.
For further information on the upcoming Photographic Workshops please have a look at our Photographic Workshops From Beginners To Masterclass page.