Goods transport across the country originally involved camel caravans ridden by Afghan cameleers. In 1929, a rail line to Alice Springs in ‘the red centre’ was opened. Today, huge reticulated trucks called road trains are the primary means of moving these goods. In the NT their maximum length is 53.5m and maximum freight weight is 120 tonnes.
I was fascinated by road trains and subjected a driver of one to three hours of questioning on a night leg from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs. This shot was made on the North-West highway in WA. We had pulled over to sleep in a trucker’s lay-by near Wittenoom. It is a slow shutter speed shot of the lights of a tri axle road train and was a fun image to make. I could tell which direction the truck was approaching from when it was still about 2kms distant. I then placed my head torch in the appropriate lane and focused my tripod mounted lens on it. Locking the focus, I removed the head torch and opened the shutter as the truck passed.