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The Art Silos -Weelahalle


Photography can take you to so many areas on the planet and if you like photography, then over time, there are new subjects that are created that were not there 5 years ago,10 years ago, 50 years and a 100 years ago and so on.

As a photographer I welcome to the new subjects to be able to photograph as new forms give you new textures and off course it teaches you to understand the light in relation to what you are photographing.

Over the last 4 years or so, a new concepts has emerged with the gran silo’s that are scattered all over the Australian landscapes and that is they are slowly becoming a works of art. It’s not just happening in Australia, it is happening around the world.

Artists are commissioned to paint the silos showing casing their talent and in some of the cases the silos depict people from the community and all have a story to them.

In other cases the silo’s were painted also to encourage people to visit the town, to help the town to survive by spending a few dollars in the town. That’s a great cause and some of silo’s are in regions where the communities are struggling and the towns are no longer vibrant as they once were due to the economic times and the changing of seasons.

Weelahalle is a quiet town in New South Wales and you can see that the town has been through a lot as there are many empty buildings in the main street and how long they have been empty I don’t know. In its hay day it clearly was a vibrant farming town.

Out of all of the silos that I have been to , this is my favorite as I love the vibrant color that is used and they have chosen a theme that is typically Australian. You have the farmer checking the grain and you have the farmer sheering the sheep.You can’t get more Australian than that can you? The farmers in what they do are the back bone to this country and the governments of our day and the banks of our day can hang their heads in shame in the way they have dealt with farmers who have struggled due to doubt and other economic hardships.

When that happens the Government can do and should do a lot more, wipe their debts clean and yet they refuse to , say they can’t afford to do that and yet, they allow big business to not pay their far share of tax and they keep getting away with it time and time again.Is there a penalty that goes with that? Like I said, the Governments of the day in Australia can hang their heads in shame  and the banks with how they have dealt with farmers in the present and in the past.

It’s great that artist are doing their bit to make a difference wherever they can.

Many of the silos have a story behind the faces that are depicted on them.

In this case, artist Heesco Khosnaran 38 ( at the time of doing the art work on the silo) decided to run with the farming theme of the area. He chose the shearer and farmer looking at his crop as this depicted this area so well and the colors chosen also blend with the colors found in the surrounding landscape.

The town benefits when the art works go upas the tourist do come to look at them.

I love them all and in particularly I love this one as the striking colors are stunning. The other thing that I love about them all is the attention to detail and no detail is left out and you can only marvel at them.

When photographing them and this was is no exception, apart from Elvis to get a birds eye view, I also take my own detail shots from the ground to highlight just that, the detail in the paintings. I admire all of the artists so much to be able to transfer the image in their minds, or painted on a small piece of paper , to be able to transfer that to the size of the gigantic silos and to keep the proportions all correct.

If you are interested in joining Vicki and my self, we have just released our latest photo tour of the Silo Art Trail which is in late May 2019. We will only be taking 6 people on each of the trips up that way.So why do this with us? We have done the homework for you, we are there to also help you in your photography, to teach you if you need it . All the details can be found on the website. 🙂


Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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