The big picture
Melbourne train stations host giant outdoor photography exhibition.
Thieves stole more than a camera from a young Melbourne hospitality worker – they stole his passion.
Bodhi Bailey had saved for years to buy a vintage Japanese film camera and the 24-year-old was devastated when it was taken. “My heart went with it,” he says.
The camera wasn’t insured and Bodhi couldn’t afford to buy another Mamiya 645 camera. His budding photographic career seemed over until RACV staff heard of his plight. They tracked down the same model of the missing 43-year-old camera and gave it to Bodhi along with a RACV Single Item Insurance policy, just in case.
As well as giving him back his passion, RACV organised to take him on a photographic road trip around the state to shoot work for an exhibition, Taken in Victoria.
It’s probably the biggest outdoor photographic exhibition ever staged in Victoria, with almost 40 billboards at train stations and images on buses, along with 300 street posters.
Bodhi took more than 450 photographs on the three-day road trip across the state.
“We were driving along and I’d be asking to pull over every few minutes because I’d see something I liked,” he says. “In this series I looked for things that seemed out of place, like plastic chairs in the sand at Altona beach.”
I love the romance of film, the idea of capturing a snippet of time with no second chances.
He says the trip was draining but worth the effort. “This is just surreal to have people notice my work and recognise my talent,” he says.
Bodhi learnt camera and film developing skills at Camberwell High School.
“I started out as a little grommet taking digital [pictures] of skating, but fell in love with film,” he says. “I love the romance of film, the idea of capturing a snippet of time with no second chances.”