VIDEO: Sam Abell
Hi Band

Low Band

Twenty five years have passed since seeing but not successfully photographing a scene of men hauling a house across the ice in Newfoundland.

I'm now in a small chartered airplane over the tropical coast of far north Queensland. There is no door on the plane. Below me is a scene not much different than the one I saw in 1971. Once again I see the picture in my mind. It's of men, their bogged truck, sand and the dazzling sea. Nothing else.

The men are Australian Aborigines who are in peril. The incoming tide will soon flood their bogged truck and they are far from home. With a mixture of excitement for the photograph and misgivings for the men's safety, I swiftly compose and photograph the scene.

While I work, the pilot radios for help. We fly off. An hour later the men and their truck are rescued.



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