7 August 2023

IN PICTURES: Photographer remembers iconic trip to Blue Lagoon

| Matt Nicholls
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Brian Cassey's photo on the front page of The Australian on October 27, 2012.

Brian Cassey’s photo on the front page of The Australian on October 27, 2012.

BRIAN Cassey still remembers the first time he met Bruce Martin.

The prominent Cairns photographer had been tasked to head out to Blue Lagoon, a well-known Aurukun outstation, to shoot Aboriginal stockmen for The Australian.

What he and reporter Michael McKenna came back with changed the perception of Aurukun and its people.

The top left picture of Bruce made it on the front page and more than 20 pictures made it inside the feature piece.

“It was four or five days and we’d sit around the campfire at night and listening to Bruce speak was just sensational,” the award-winning photographer said.

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“You’d be hanging on to every word and the young lads would be the same.”

He also took a number of portrait shots on the trip and said Bruce made the effort to open one of his exhibitions at the Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, albeit on short notice.

“He was a hard man to get but when you were with him the time flew by.”

Check out the images Brian Cassey shared with Cape York Weekly for this special tribute in the below gallery.

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