From shearer to photographer, James Braszell has traded the handpiece for a camera

Of all the rural options to photograph, the hustle and bustle of shearing in historic sheds ought to be amid the most amazing.

That is certainly the circumstance in accordance to James Braszell, a 27-year-old shearer who has created a job as a self-taught photographer.

He does not choose up the handpiece himself much these days but as a substitute travels the place with digital camera in hand, accomplishing shearing photography, marriage shoots and every little thing in among — all with a rural theme. 

It truly is a lifetime that’s a significantly cry from developing up as a town child in Miners Rest.

“Little bit of a funny tale, since I never grew up on a farm and experienced no agricultural link at all expanding up.

“When I was in my later several years at substantial university, I had friends who had been undertaking a bit of rouseabouting for a shearing contractor … I extra or much less just rang up the contractor and they gave me a occupation at the stop of year 12.”

James Braszell standing next to his ute
James Braszell started enjoying about with pictures whilst operating as a total-time shearer.(Supplied: James Braszell)

It did not choose lengthy before he commenced bringing a camera alongside.

“In my early decades as a rousie I purchased a digicam and started off using it to perform with me and began taking pictures,” he said.

“As the several years went on I got a images company going and I commenced carrying out wedding day and relatives images, and now I am at the issue wherever I am almost doing the pictures comprehensive time and phasing the shearing out.”

He remains totally self-taught not that you would know it from his snaps.

“I just make it up as I go together. I’ve never ever performed a system or nearly anything, I have just taught myself by taking part in all-around with the digicam.”

A shearer in action
It is really all smiles on the board when James Braszell provides out his digital camera.(Provided: James Braszell)

The more mature the drop, the much better

Mr Braszell explained though more mature shearing sheds could be hard to shear in, they manufactured for good pics.

“They have all acquired a good deal of character and a large amount of stories.

“The more recent sheds are undoubtedly greater to perform in, but the older sheds are surely better from a photography position of watch.”

Acquiring used so much time doing work in shearing sheds, he is aware how to keep out of people’s way although the job’s on.

Shearer shearing
James Braszell says more mature shearing sheds are a photographer’s aspiration.(Supplied: James Braszell)

“There is certainly generally one thing going on, individuals penning up, individuals throwing fleeces, individuals dragging out sheep,” he explained.

“There is no scarcity of matters to photograph when you are in a woolshed.”

And of course the common throwing-of-the-fleece photo is a go-to alternative.

“I believe every person who’s ever had a digital camera in a shearing shed has often tried to get that picture. You can just get image right after picture of that, it’s timeless.”

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