Beautiful One Day …

In the week before departing for the New York trip I had the very real pleasure of working alongside ultra talented journalist Trent Dalton at Palm Island (once nicknamed “Coconut Alcatraz”) in the Coral Sea on a story for the Australian Weekend Magazine. That story – entitled “In Their Own Words”– was published last weekend.

I strongly suggest that you take time (if you haven’t already) to read Trent’s wonderful story. It may be found here … (with several of my images).

Trent and I spent several days with the people of Palm Island – mostly with the cast and crew of the theatre production “Beautiful One Day” – a play created by Palm Islanders that documents the troubled history of the indigenous island settlement from establishment early last century by the Queensland Government through to the Mulrunji Doomadgee ‘death in custody’ tragedy and the resulting furore. (I wouldn’t even attempt to match the words written by Trent so do suggest you read his complete story here !)

“Beautiful One Day” – the central element of the magazine story – came ‘home’ to Palm Island after successfully touring in London and around Victoria and is also currently showing at the Brisbane Festival QPAC till September 26.

The Palm Islanders and the crew of “Beautiful One Day” were more than gracious hosts … and I had a ball making images of the theatre production and the people and lifestyle on the island.

Below is a grab of the opening title spread in last weekends magazine and also the image in question – one of six used with the story.

Images © Brian Cassey




Playboy Bunnies …

Yet another publication in the Australian Weekend Magazine’s “Heart of the Nation” excellent weekly pictorial feature with words penned by journalist Ross Bilton. Ross excels at digging deep to find the story behind the images that are showcased every week … and this week he produced yet a another triumph of investigation, shovelling to get the dirt on prospective Playboy Bunnies and Heff’s Mansion. Thanks Ross!

The pic (taken whilst on the Gold Coast) and Ross’s words are below.

Image © Brian Cassey

“Pain Is My Name” …

For some time now one of my fondest places to see my pictures published has been the “Heart of the Nation” weekly feature in the “The Weekend Australian Magazine” – a rare image driven feature that runs ‘out of the ordinary’ photos from around Australia and matches the images with great in depth ‘words’.

Now it’s even better … the mag has had a recent major revamp … and “Heart of the Nation” has moved from a single page at the back of the book to what is often a double page spread near the front under the additional title ‘ForeWord – People & Observations”.

The new format looks sensational … and the images leap off the pages at you at about (in my old measurements) 14 inches by 10 and half inches … a size that is pretty rare in newspaper colour mags.

This weekend the mag featured an image I made at the recent Mareeba Rodeo of a chuckling horse dispatching his rider to his destiny and a face full of dirt. Great words, as usual, from journalist Ross Bilton and the two page spread as run and Ross’s words are shown below.

“Heart of the Nation” is a great window for Australia’s fantastic depth of photographic talent … and picture editor Christine Westwood, feature journalist Ross Bilton and the new magazine editor Christine Middap deserve congratulations … and the gratitude of photographers.

Pic © Brian Cassey 2011

Mareeba Rodeo Elroy Josiah Arrow

Words Mareeba Rodeo

Weebolla Bulls …

Another nice publication today in “Heart of the Nation” – The Australian ‘Weekend’ magazine weekly pictorial feature of slices of life from all around Australia.. The image of the Moree Weebolla Bulls second XV bonding in the dressing room before running out to take on fierce rivals – the Tamworth Magpies – was originally taken for a feature on Moree in Australian Geographic, but didn’t make the edited selection.

Always one of the favourite images of mine from the Moree assignment, it was a picked by Ross Bilton on The Australian ‘Weekend’ mag and Ross’s words once again compliment the pic superbly.

The tear sheet of the ‘Heart of the Nation’ page is below …