Darwin photographer David Hancock travels widely, shooting images of Outback life and landscapes of northern Australia. David’s landscape images reflect a simple, abiding love of country, and photography.
Most of his landscapes are from areas tucked away in the nooks of outback Australia and subject to seasonal morphing. What was here today may be gone after the next wet season flood or dry season fire: ephemeral floodplains, swollen rivers, golden blankets of native sorghum, brooding skies sliced by fingers of lightning, earth decorated by the imprint of man or animal, or transformed by the elements.
David Hancock’s favourite photographic subjects are not just the country, the landscapes and the bush but also people, animals and plants that make their lives in such a changing, challenging and yet alluring environment.
David Hancock works as an editorial photographer and writer with Australian Geographic and Outback magazines, and a corporate photographer for various private sector, government and indigenous organisations. In 2005 he was Australian Geographic Photographer of the Year and in 2008 he was the Australian nominee for the Prix Pictec, one of the world’s most prestigious photographic prizes.
He travels northern, western and central Australia by 4WD, light aircraft and helicopter, working in national parks, on cattle stations, at mine sites, Aboriginal communities and in wild, rarely-visited places.
Through his photography of landscapes and Outback life, David Hancock tries to capture the enduring character of Australia and the resilience of people who live away from the cities.
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