Queensland country townscapeIn 1972 I took a slow overland trip from Brisbane to London—to see new places and to learn the art of travelling. When I went back to university to finish my architecture course I wanted a pretext for travelling again. So I proposed a thesis project that would involve extensive fieldwork—a study of the character of country towns.
Now, when I read the thesis I cringe a little—I have learned a few things in the meantime—but other parts have held up well. The photographs have even gained value as historical records. I still fondly remember the towns and the journeys. My current practice is founded on the skills I learned by producing those 20,000 words.