Candid camera on our region
A SPORTING injury that kept photojournalist Lee Pearce off his feet for three months, has seen him embark on the most ambitious project of his career ? all from his armchair.
Pearce, a freelancer, has turned his passion for the north coast into a book of photographs and history that charts the region's transformation from untouched wilderness into prime real estate.
"North Coasting - Life on the Northern Rivers of NSW" draws on 30 years of Pearce's photographs from all over the region.
As a passionate sea changer, Pearce fell in love with the north coast while photographing the first Aquarius Festival at Nimbin.
The book has been a labour of love for Pearce, taking him 12 months to complete.
"When I hurt my feet I thought I should catch up on my filing and as I was doing that I realised I had quite a unique collection of photographs unlike any other," he said.
"I was seeing photographs I hadn't seen in 20 years and realised I could produce a book that defined the region I live in.
"So I put in what I wanted with the aim of evenly spreading the coverage around the region."
North Coasting features breathtaking landscape photography, insightful historic pictures and colourful images of the region's unique lifestyle and people.
"On a job you might look behind you and see the picture you want actually there behind you," said Pearce.
"The most enduring image for me is one of the moon over the mountains which struck a chord in me because of its simplicity.
"The photograph was also the only image that I took in 500 kilometres," he said.
Pearce said he hopes the book fosters a feeling of identity for the region by its residents.
"The reaction has been wonderful. People can really relate to the images."
North Coasting is available from newsagents and selected outlets for $37.50 (RRP).