50th Anniversary – The Australian …

Very gratified to be included at number three out of thirty in ‘The Australian’ newspapers 50th anniversary ‘Heart Of The Nation’ collection today.

The blurb on the title page of the collection reads thus … “Heart Of The Nation – Our best of …
As part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, we present this gallery of the best of The Weekend Australian Magazine’s photo-feature page, ‘Heart Of The Nation’. A weekly snapshot of modern Australian life, Heart Of The Nation is a showcase for the country’s best photographers.”

Excellent to have my work included amongst a stellar line up of Australia’s top photographers … and many thanks to ‘Heart Of The Nation’ editor Ross Bilton for the inclusion. Would also like to take this opportunity to again thank my subject – David Glasheen – who is still doing it tough on remote Restoration Island off the coast of northern Cape York Peninsula.

Below is a screen shot of my image as displayed in todays ‘The Australian’ 50th anniversary collection.

Image © 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 …