Most working days I take the South Coast Line electric train from Thirroul to Kiama changing at Kiama onto a diesel train to Bomaderry (servicing Nowra).
Electrification of the South Coast Line was completed in stages reaching from Sydney to Loftus in 1926, Waterfall in 1980, Helensburgh in 1984, Wollongong in 1985-86, Dapto in 1993 and Kiama in 2001. The Kiama to Nowra section remains unelectrified.
South of Kiama, the line continues as a single track non-electrified line through rolling dairy pastures via several tunnels to the towns of Gerringong and Berry before arriving at its terminus at the town of Bomaderry on the northern bank of the Shoalhaven River.
I work on the train – it’s my office. Sometimes though I stretch the definition of work and I document instead.
As a filmmaker documenting is my favourite activity, as an artist creative engagement through editing is a favourite thing to do. As a multiplatform content producer combining filmmaking techniques with short story telling has quickly become a favourite thing to do.
Experimentation with iPhone applications enable us to take the ordinary and transform it into the unusual for others. What is old to me maybe new for you as you do not catch this train every day, hearing its creaks and groans, watching the countryside pass you by in short bursts of light compressed by dark bursts of nothing but the sounds within the carriage.
This piece was shot using an 8mm vintage camera film app. It basically transforms your captured footage into 1 of 8 different styles of old film and enables you to add film flicker, adjust the speed and alter the light reading. You can make footage look like it was shot in the 1920’s, 60’s, 70’s and XPro.
I enjoyed making and re-watching this film. It has no beginning, no middle, no end. It does however have some beautiful moments, some challenging visuals and a truly unique soundtrack. Apart from that it’s perfectly worthless, it’s just a representation of how things are in the space that makes up the distance between Kiama and Gerringong in NSW, Australia.
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