David Hancock Blog

David Hancock Blog

Monday, 04 February 2013 07:02

Travel to Cobourg Peninsular

I travelled to Cobourg Peninsular for this story for Outback magazine - it was a great trip with the guys at Venture North and, while hot, it was great photography. The story in Outback can be found on this link: http://www.outbackmag.com.au/stories/article-view?1038
Wednesday, 21 November 2012 01:31

Pride Art Exhibition

A girl and her dog - well she has the attitude of a girl. Yes Darwin artist Therese Ritchie and Chopper were my test subjects for a new underwater housing. Two images from the shoot were entered in the Darwin Pride Art Exhibition at Fannie Bay Gaol. Great venue and a top exhibition - they copped a commendation which is unusual for photography in an art award, though it was an unusual exhibition. Well done Matty!
Friday, 21 September 2012 07:46

Indigenous Protected Areas

Go to this site at Australian Geographic for a story I have written and photographed about this subject. http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/aboriginal-conservation-in-arnhem-land-ipa.htm   More than 50 Indigenous Protected Areas are spread across Australia, from the northern tropical waters to the shores of Tasmania, encompassing more than 26 million hectares; another 40 are working towards declaration.   Indigenous Protected Areas have become an accepted way for the Australian Government to increase the size of the National Reserve System (NRS) and support traditional Aboriginal owners, particularly in remote areas. While most Australians regard national parks as the environmental jewels of the nation, IPAs account for nearly…
Sunday, 16 September 2012 05:41

Tying the knot on a sandbar

The groom and celbrant arrived by tinnie, while the bride and bridal party came by catamaran. The wedding was on a sandbar just off Cullen Bay in Darwin, which appears on a very low tide. Suzie and Chris are boating/fishing kind of people and this was a great way and place to get married. Truly, life in the Top End.
Sunday, 16 September 2012 00:13

Just Another Day

This image is featured in the 2012 Toga Art Award at the Chan Gallery in Darwin. A coastal barge network has been operating in the Top End in one form or another for nearly a century. For many communities it is the most reliable way to receive freight year-round. As technology and transport have evolved,  coastal barges have remained important for communities such as Maningrida, Ramingining and Wadeye.   Barge operations are at the mercy of the tides and weather but really the only time they are unlikely to run is leading up to, and during, a cyclone. I took…
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 05:02

Limmen Bight National Park

Limmen Bight National Park   At last this national park has been declared and I caught a government flight down to record the momentous event (at least for the local Marra Aboriginal people who have been waiting for decades). The park is in a lovely part of the world – down towards Borroloola and going out to the Gulf of Carpentaria, including Maria Island.   There have been some concessions to mining in the park but the big thing the miners wanted – a pipeline to carry slurry to Maria Island – has been knocked on the head.   This…
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 04:59

Australia's most remote cattle station

Suplejack Downs   Suplejack Downs is officially Australia’s most remote cattle station. A full day’s drive from Darwin, the station which is owned by the Cook family is out on the Western Australia border at the top of the Tanami Desert.   I headed down there with journalist Kerry Sharp for an article for Outback magazine which should be published near the end of the year. This panoramic gives an idea of the remoteness, although the variety of grasses and soil makes it an excellent place to raise cattle. The big challenge is getting them to market.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 04:53

Wildman Wedding

Wedding at Wildman   I had the pleasure of photographing Shandell and Glenn for their wedding ceremony on the floodplains of the Wildman River, two hours east of Darwin. Their reception was at the Wildman Resort which looks very comfortable and the ceremony was in the open on a perfect dry season day.   At dusk we found ourselves among a colony of termite mounds and hence this shot. Otherwise the images on the floodplains, surrounded by waterlilies and paperbarks were just as impressive.
Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:36

The LittlePrick Editions

At a time when people in Darwin take for granted that we are facing a period of protracted prosperity, there are some within the community who question the effects and benefits of that prosperity.A group of Darwin artists have challenged the belief that all of Territory society is "set to boom"; in fact they paint an alternative and largely humorous picture of how a burgeoning oil and gas industry, an American military base, nuclear waste store and poor urban planning will impact on our society.The LittlePrick Editions exhibition opened on July 7 at Gallery Two Six, in Winnellie. It takes…
Thursday, 12 July 2012 03:35

Time Dance

The road, a car, a bad decision. No time to say goodbye, good times are over...for all time. Warnings about drinking and driving often go unheeded by young people, probably because they hear them so often - it all becomes so much blah, blah, blah. However, a powerful dance performance by current and former Darwin High School students caught the attention of thousands of teenagers in the Top End earlier this year.Darwin photographer and writer David Hancock photographed and wrote about the production which was choreographed by Joanna Noonan, the partner of Stan Whiting who owns Eprint, where many of…
Thursday, 12 July 2012 02:15

Fingerlimes - citrus caviar

Darwin photographer and writer David Hancock has written and photographed a story about fingerlimes, or “citrus caviar” which has been published in Outback magazine. The long, finger-like fruit contains small, round pearls of tangy pulp that burst in the mouth; the fruit can be pink, green, yellow or red and is used to flavour, or accompany, just about any dish or drink. A small band of dedicated orchardists is bringing one of Australia’s most spectacular native foods into the limelight. Greatly prized by Aboriginal people and the early settlers of northern NSW and southern Queensland, fingerlimes are beginning to strike…