The "before" image here, referred to as the "canvas", is the result of photographic negligence which occurred during a recent trip to Lightning Ridge, home of the world's richest deposit of "black opal". Together with a group of friends and a guide we explored the depths of a working opal mine. It was here that I inadvertantly attempted to take a photo, without turning on my flash, which resulted in the camera delivering a 30 second exposure. Not wishing to get too far behind my friends, I headed down the tunnel with the shutter still open and the "canvas" is the result.
The "after" image, the "painting" was inspired by the fabulous black opals and the people who devote their lives to finding it. It depicts the earth below the surface, the massive natural, subterranean lake system known as the "Great Artesian Basin", the rich opal bearing seams; and the blood, sweat and tears of those who seek to make their fortune here.
This photo is marked as: Safe.