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Edition #172  April 15, 2012

A Bit of Distance

Photographer: Alan Shaw

                                                                      Photo by Alan Shaw

A Bit of Distance

Towards the end of 1986, I’d decided to leave Tasmania and try my luck on “the mainland”, having been offered a graduate job in Canberra that was too good to knock back. It should have been an easy decision to make, since my second job in Hobart had come to an end, and there were no obvious prospects of another job anytime soon. Still, I did find it a difficult choice to make until a mate said to just go, and if I didn’t like it I could always come back. So with the decision made I spent a few days before my departure getting a few more shots of trains in Tasmania.

This one shows one of the Hobart-bound trains cooling its heels at Deloraine in Tasmania’s north, presumably waiting for a cross on a moonlit and what looks like a breezy early evening. No doubt the air was filled with the sounds of English Electric engines idling away. Strangely, I’ve tried without much success to get some more lunar shots recently, and here I had one lurking in my old negative files for all these years.

I can’t remember if I stayed in Deloraine or not that evening, but I have less than happy memories of staying there the year before on a work-related trip: I chose to stay in the middle pub, which I discovered at various times during the night was in very close aural range of the main level crossing in town. The combination of what seemed like unnaturally loud bells of the level crossing and the horns of the trains passing through led to a very broken night’s sleep, while next to the pub a dog’s incessant barking just made matters worse. The moral of the story is that you can sometimes have too much of a good thing and, as with a lover, sometimes a bit of distance helps.

Alan Shaw

Brisbane, Australia

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