I'm pretty excited about this post. There's no need for an introduction, so I'll just dive right in.
On the morning of my first Finke Desert Race I arrived early. The sun was just rising and there was a thick fog starting to disapate. Through this beautiful scene I spotted a lone campervan near the Finke track, with a figure in an Akubra strolling towards it.
I took a photo, which I started referring to as Akubra man. Some of you might remember it from my Finked blog post.
I remember admiring Akubra man on that chilly morning. The motorhome told me that he'd travelled to be at the event, and his iconic hat gave him a cool Australian swagger.
Who was this mysterious bush man? Where did he come from? Was he alone or with friends? What kind of beer does he drink?
I put my questions aside and focussed on shooting for the rest of the day. The identity of Akubra man would have to remain a mystery.
Then, a month later, the unthinkable happened. I got an email from Akubra man's wife!
I've removed the names to keep it anonymous (and to preserve the mystery), but this is what it said.
My husband and I recently attended the Finke Desert Race for his 40th birthday and we came across a photo you had taken of him via the Finke Facebook page. The photo is of a gentleman wearing an Akubra returning to his motorhome.
My husband was very excited, I think he was actually hoping it would go viral (lol).
Anyway, we were wondering if we would be able to have a copy of it, as my husband thinks that it’s not only a great shot but a perfect reminder of our trip (and his 40th).
Thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing from you.
Cheers, Mrs Akubra
How amazing! I was stoked to receive the email from Mrs Akubra, and uncover some more information about the illusive Mr Akubra. After some email exchanges I also received some photos from their holiday with their three Akubra children. What a treat!
There is one photo in particular that got me excited, as it was taken around the same time that I took mine.
Emma Murray is a documentary photographer based in Alice Springs. The Alice Years is a personal project documenting life in and around the red centre.