Q&A: William Broadhurst


Have you recently been living by any life philosophy? See things through fresh eyes. What will baffle future generations about our day and age? Our short sightedness. Are you aware of any conspiracies? I daily wonder what over 200 kids and teachers really saw at Westall high school in Melbourne, Victoria on the morning of April 6, 1966. What is it that interests you about photography? The slowness. What is the worst thing about city life? Lack of the above. What part of the planet would you like to explore? The Australia that Prussian explorer Ludwig Leichhardt saw in the 1850’s. What do you think is the most plausible of the supernatural? Extra terrestrials. If you had to align yourself with a leader in history, who would it be? Burke and Wills without the tragic ending. Pick a field of science to be an expert within. Marine Biology. What moment have you most wished you’d had a camera when you hadn’t? When my mum and I visited an elderly friends’ home when I was a boy. He was sitting alone on a chair in his back garden under dappled sunlight. Mum had tears streaming down her cheeks.

Choose a job you would be willing to do for free on the side. Work at an op shop. Describe the most important photo you’ve seen. Any family photograph. How often do you take other people’s advice? Sometimes, It depends on who’s advising. Describe a personal hell. A room full of people talking about sport or business. Which living person do you most admire? My girlfriend Catherine. On what occasion do you lie? To make a joke more appealing. What was the last crime you witnessed? Things fell into my pocket. I didn’t want to buy a pack of 20 nuts and bolts from Bunnings when I only needed one or two. What is the best way to educate yourself? To always be curious. What is the next book you want to read? The Twyborn Affair by Patrick White. Ultimate camera? An invisible one. Most used camera? Mamiya 7. What object do you want? Mackintosh Hill House designer chair. What object do you need? A John Brack painting on my wall.

How would you explain the internet to someone from the 1950’s? Something that was intended to bring us all closer but did the complete opposite. Are you satisfied with your level of physical strength? Very. I can do 1000 now. Describe a cheap thrill. Crunching up a eucalyptus leaf between my palms and bringing the scent up to my nose. Pick an historic moment from the last hundred years to bring a camera to. The death of the last known Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) in 1936. There’s a tremendous sadness there. Are impulses more important than consequences? Yes. Which talent would you most like to have? Hold my breath underwater for minutes at a time. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Go for a walk with my girlfriend to the local op shops, then go for a motorcycle ride (weather depending).

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