Gallery – Wolf Marx
My interest in photography started when I started working as a geologist in Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe. There were many amazing things to photograph in the daily excursions into the bush. My first camera, which I still have and use, was a Pentax KM SLR. Unfortunately the photos I took in the early years were not stored well and now are pretty badly faded and damaged.
When I immigrated to Australia the outback in which I worked again offered many sites and situations demanding a photograph. At this time I converted a part of the Company caravan into a darkroom and developed and printed my own black and white images.
On holidays I would travel to places with the main objective of photographing things unique to the countries visited. So a trip to Afghanistan, for example, was for the sole purpose of photographing a game of Bushkazi, the traditional game played in Afghanistan involving teams of pony- mounted players competing for a headless calf carcass.
Unfortunately the pressures of work put a stop to my photography for a decade or so until I saw the exhibition of Carol Jerrems at the Heide Museum of Art in late 2010. Carol Jerrems used a Pentax similar to mine and I was inspired to dust off and repair my old camera and get photographing again.
A wonderful three weeks in Paris, surely the most photogenic city in the world, got me going again. My family then gave me a Pentax K-x DSLR for Christmas in 2010 and I am now as addicted to photography as before.
March 2013 Update
Love it or Hate it, the Grand Prix is in town. I went along to test my photographic panning skills. The challenge is to pan a car doing around 200kph and get the shot as it passes a 5 metre gap in the security barrier. These gaps are for emergengy vehicles to access the track and are found at most corners of the cicuit. The image of the blue Porche below was one that worked! While I was there I also had fun taking pictures of the crazy kids doing aerial acrobatics on anything with two wheels. Some of the shots I have added below.