“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





29 October 2011


photo: David Burnett

Old Friend Drops In For A Drink
"You Should Meet These Blokes"
Photographers Come In Swarms


My good friend and DRINKSTER contributor, the photographer Milton Wordley brought three ace photographers to Yangarra for a drink.

"I think you should meet these blokes," he said.

David Burnett, David Dare Parker and Glenn Gibson had all been speakers at the AIPP Nikon "The Event" 2011, the annual Australian photographers' conference which was held at the Adelaide Hilton last week. Over 350 photographers from all over Australia and New Zealand attended.

New York-based Burnett was keynote speaker. Milton had first worked with him on A Day In The Life Of Australia thirty years ago.

“His was the shot of the small white plane in the shadow of Ayers Rock,” Milton said. “It will always be one of the iconic shots of The Rock … it had been fairly intensive four days in The Hilton so we got a leave pass. We went to look at old cameras in the Central Market Camera Store, had lunch at The Star Of Greece and came for drinks at Yangarra on the way back.

David Burnett perving on old Holgas in the Adelaide central market Camera Shop, which is the best one we got ... photo Glenn Gibson

“Everybody loved the wines. Dave Burnett’s already tracked down his local supplier in New York.”

Burnett had just been lauded in the USA as one of the top 100 most influential photographers in the modern history of photography. He's under contract to TIME magazine, and whizzed home for an assignment photographing Mitt Romney on campaign.

You can visit his website, or check his National Geographic entry here.

Glenn Gibson, Peter Widdop and David Burnett by David Dare Parker

David Dare Parker is based in Perth and Sydney when not on assignment in Asia. Right at the front of Australian freelance photojournalism, he works shooting stills on movies to sponsor his many personal projects in Asia. Check his site here.

Glenn Gibson was a press photographer for News Ltd., but now runs blue fish, an imaging production company out of Melbourne. Glenn specialises in car photography – he’s currently the international creative imaging director for Mazda cars.

photo: Glenn Gibson

And Milton? His canon of work permeates the last thirty years of South Australian imagery. His wine industry photography is astonishing. It's pretty damn hard to spend a day in Adelaide without encountering a Milton Wordley photograph, and you'd go a long way before encountering a professional photographer more respected by his peers. You can visit Milton's galleries here.

During the course of a rather jovial afternoon, the four of them made these charming photographs. I really love the way their hands hold their cameras. Have a look.

David Dare Parker, David Burnett, the author and Glenn Gibson ... photo Milton Wordley

Milton and Glenn by David Dare Parker


troy said...

the way you hold your mouth is cute too whitey

troy said...

PS what was he showing you?

Philip White said...

I think at that stage it was an ecu photograph of his thumbnail. He told us about photographing his teeth when one of them fell to bits...you know the drill: wrong place; wrong time...When he received his advance job description, the dentist thought Dave'd had the mouth x-rayed, but in reality he'd just shoved that little CX4 into his mouth and clicked away.

Iris&David said...

I'm already having the DTs... missing S.A. and its wonderful denizens... now, about that Yangarra.. (off to 3rd Avenue, Manhattan... there must be a few laying about here!) thanks for a great visit!
David B

Philip White said...

Our pleasure!