The Escarpment

With possibly the best name for a band from the Illawarra ever conceived, and a sound that I have quite proudly decided is akin to Tom Petty - if he grew up in Australia as a surfer - The Escarpment are a new band on the local music scene, but its members certainly aren't fresh-faced kids. These guys have put in the hard yards and have a sound to prove it.

They called me one rainy summer's eve and we set out, looking for gaps in the rain, only to be surprised by one phenomenal, rainbow-filled sunset.


At some point along the way, and I really don't remember when or how, I acquired a SEM Kim. Camerapedia tells me a SEM Kim is a 35mm rangefinder made by the French camera maker SEM in 1947 and that it was a relaunch of Cornu's Renya. That is literally all I know about the camera except for the fact that is very small, rather hard to operate and has certainly lived quite a life already. A couple years ago I loaded in a roll of black and white film and carried it around with me every now and again, never quite figuring out how to wind it successfully and clearly misjudging the exposure without a light meter. The result is this collection of mainly accidentally double-exposed pictures that feature a very mixed bag of light...


Driving home early one morning from Sydney I chased this rainbow the whole way down the freeway, all the way along the coast road and caught the end of it at the (then) newly formed Austi superbank. It was the most vivid rainbow I had ever seen and it just hung directly in my line of vision for over half an hour. I've never seen anything like it. Of course, by the time I arrived in Austi, pulled out my camera and ran up the hill it had finally started to fade, but it was left well imprinted in my memory.