Northern Rivers: December 2022

I recently had the opportunity to travel to The Northern Rivers in late December to visit friends and family. As a photography and videography enthusiast, I was excited to put my new camera setup to the test. I had been experimenting with creating “vignettes,” short videos that fall somewhere between a vlog and a music video, for a few weeks leading up to the trip.

One of the most striking moments during my visit was seeing the current state of Lismore. It’s not something that’s frequently reported on or discussed, but whole sections of the town are made up of little more than boarded-up buildings. One of the most jarring sights was the complete deconstruction of a building that used to be my wife’s workplace, and before that, an RSL club. To see a space that was recently renovated reduced to nothing more than a concrete car park, especially one that I had passed by frequently, felt very disheartening. Even more surreal, amongst the rubble, there were still remnants of the daycare center that had taken over the space: lego blocks, Uno cards, and an overgrown cherry tomato garden.

Despite this difficult experience, the rest of the trip was much more positive. From exploring my mother’s garden to road trips through the Border Ranges National Park, we made sure to make the most of our time in The Northern Rivers.

Blakebrook NSW

Blakebrook NSW

Lismore NSW

Blakebrook NSW

Blakebrook NSW

Ballina NSW

Ballina NSW

Lennox Head NSW

Lennox Head NSW

Blakebrook NSW

Hanging Rock Falls NSW

Hanging Rock Falls NSW

Border Ranges National Park NSW

Border Ranges National Park NSW

Wiangaree NSW

Blakebrook NSW

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