I have often thought about walking along Adelaide's South Rd in the late afternoon taking photos of this urban stretch. I drive along this road every time I go to and from Adelaide to Encounter Bay. It looks interesting with all the different signs, architecture and colours. It's all mixed up, chaotic jumble.
However, South Rd is Adelaide's main north south corridor and at peak hour it is jammed with cars in the late afternoon. It is noisey and full of fumes, and so I have backed off walking along it. Breathing all those fumes would not be good for one's health. Still, I find photographing South Rd in the late afternoon winter light intriguing.
I tried an experiment recently: --taking photos through a car window. The opportunity arose when we were returning from Blinman after being on a camel trek from Blinman to Lake Frome, as I was sitting in the back seat and Suzanne was driving towards the Southern Expressway.
It's a slow grind in a car down South Rd during the week day pm peak hour. The car often moves slowly due to all the traffic lights in the Edwardstown/St Mary's area. This is old South Rd. In coming years this section will be modernised as it has become a bottleneck.
I did make some photos whilst the car was moving, but it was the taking a photo when the car stopped that was the key to this experiment. I had no control over what I was photographng. Even so, the pictures work within a traditional documentary framework.
Will this experiment encourage me to find the courage to walk South Rd; say the sleazer end from Daws Rd to the Southern Expressway? It is still something that I'd like to do, even with the horrible conditions for walking/photography.