Image of the Week – Rabaul

It’s been a busy week or so since the exhibition opened, with a Shelterbox meeting Brisbane, a wedding up by the lighthouse on Cape Byron, an architectural shoot at Eagle Street Pier for Fabritecture, a couple of portraits and 4 real estate shoots. For every hour’s shooting there’s a good hour’s driving and a couple of hours at the laptop so there hasn’t been a lot of time for blogging.

Next week I hope to get some new images out there but in the meantime here’s another from “Beneath The Surface”. I came across this image in Rabaul, East New Britain whilst on my first deployment with Shelterbox. Rabaul’s Simpson Harbour sits on the edge of drowned caldera, a super-volcano long since consumed by the sea which provides a natural deep water port. During the Second World War Rabaul was invaded by the Japanese and became the base for Admiral Yamamoto and there are many relics of the war around the old provincial capital. The Admiral’s bunker is still intact, there are anti aircraft guns and many shipwrecks, the result of Allied bombing raids.

I found this image on the side of one such shipwreck. Rust had bitten hard into the side of the hull, probably aided by gases from the nearby active volcano, Mt Tavuvur, dissolving in rainwater to make sulphuric acid.  The resultant deep etched oxidised steel reminded me of a mosaic I seen on the side of Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, Laos. It has dream-like quality, I see trees, and floating clouds, a Japanese landscape ………

It looks great as a giclee print on art paper and I’ve sold 2 already …… so hurry, there’s only 48 left!

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About MikeGreenslade

Mike is General Manager of ShelterBox Australia, a ShelterBox Response Team member and photographer, based in the Northern Rivers of NSW.
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