The first thing I noticed coming into Tamworth was the dramatic sky.
Another great accessible food spot is a Nundle hotel called the Peel Inn. They also have fabulous food, a great bar and atmosphere.
I had the opportunity to spend a day in Nundle at the Nundle Camp Draft – a dusty but exciting horse and cow event where the ‘horseman/woman rides a stock horse showing their skills at directing a cow around poles in a dusty field … a bit like a slalom but with a cow.’ I was an absolute minority in my protective sentiments for the cows and the horses; in typical country style people would tell me “they’re right – they’re bred for it.”
My workshop participants for the Tamworth stop were Catherine Rae and Robert Dempsey.
The photoshop workshop also gave her new skills in editing the images. Catherine took leave from work to attend the workshop. Her injury was caused by a fall from a balcony 8 years ago, which left her with mild brain injury and paraplegia.
Robert has been drawing cartoon style sketches about his life in the country, particularly his passion for ‘pigging’. As he can no longer shoot with a gun, the adapted tripod and Panasonic camera with full remote control including zoom functionality from the iPhone worked enabled him to be able to participate in the sport.
Robert was very interested in the photoshop work, as he learned how to incorporate his drawing into photoshop and combine the photographic image with the drawn. Through the process of the workshop, he made a new goal to create a body of images for an exhibition at the local Nundle art gallery. The portrait he created in the workshop is being entered into the local art prize by the Nundle publican (who also manages the art prize).
It is lovely to see how photography can allow both of these people to continue their involvement in activities that are not otherwise accessible to them, and maintain that connection to their community (whether it's pigging or polocrosse!)