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Grip : GRIP October 2011
AMBASSADOR GRIP KEN Duncan does what many Australians like to do, that is, take photographs. According to this Subaru Ambassador, it is Australia’s biggest hobby – bigger than fishing or cycling. But Ken takes photographs that have won him international acclaim. His work has showcased this country’s most beautiful and majestic settings and captured many of its most poignant moments. Yes, we can all take a photo of Australia’s stunning landscapes. The difference is that Ken Duncan’s photos of that landscape are stunning. But you can’t pigeonhole his work. He made his name here but he has also developed a passion for photographing the big game in Africa. When GRIP caught up with him, he was Botswana bound, “shooting” wildlife. “It started as a holiday but I just love shooting (photographing) wildlife, so it’s gone on from there. “I’ll use a large format camera which adds to the complexity - focus becomes absolutely critical, but when “People often think the landscape looks fantastic, but when they take a photo of it they miss that beauty that they saw. “What’s happening is that people are looking in 3D but shooting in 2D. You need to look for something that creates that extra element, be it a shed, a face, great clouds, the light. This makes the photo. “A photo needs to have a strong element. We can spend days finding the shot. For landscapes we can spend weeks.” Duncan is also passionate about his work with the Aboriginal communities of Central Australia. “People look to the government to help with reconciliation, but it is not something they can do – Labor or Liberal. “You have to sit down with them. Take time with them. We’ve all got skills and gifts and we can share those and help each other.” SoKenhasapet project where he takes photographers, cinematographers and musicians to the outback to share their skills with the aboriginals, particularly the kids. “They relate very well to this,” Duncan said. “The skills they learn from us allows them to tell their stories. “These kids have enormous potential and when they spend time with us they blossom – all they need is more time. “If we can help facilitate the kids in the ar ts then this is the most powerful way to assist them to tell their stories and be free from the welfare mentality that exists in a lot of these communities,” Ken says. His project is called Walk a While. The name comes from a concept embedded in Aboriginal culture. “They say: If you really want to know me then you need to aCClaimed PHotograPHer goes outbaCk we get it right you’ll be able to see the veins in the eye of a leopard.” Of course, he has spent much of his career photographing landscapes. Unlike shooting wildlife, landscapes are a different art form, an act of patience, a search to find the elements that bring the beauty of the moment to life in a photograph. INSIDE GRIP HOME PAGE AFTERSALES MARKETING ECONOMY RUN PARTS & ACCESSORIES FINANCE AMBASSADOR NEW PRODUCT BRAND COMPARISON DEALER RANKINGS SPORT
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