Photography 2023 – Documentary Photography: “Day’s Mill and Farm, Murchison, Victoria – Australia” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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While I mostly enjoy photographing landscapes and birdlife – my encounters with documentary-style of photography have proven to be just as enjoyable and interesting. It’s allowing me to experiment, take creative risks, and broaden my photography skills – and it’s fun!

Documentary-style photography came into play upon visiting this location ‘Day’s Mill and Farm – Farm Machinery’ at Murchison, Victoria – Australia.  It was a beautiful autumn day with a clear blue sky and sunshine that heated up the day nicely making it very pleasant to be out and about on this photography adventure with hubby. Here is some information about Day’s Mill and Farm and further info can be found by clicking this link:  Parks Victoria

“Day’s Mill and Farm is the best-preserved 19th-century flour mill in Victoria (Australia) and contains probably the finest example of traditional milling technology in working form in its original setting in Australia.  The property consists of the mill, a house and about a dozen farm buildings on 4 hectares (10 acres) of land south of Murchison in the Goulburn Valley, 150 km north of Melbourne.  Day’s Mill is managed by Parks Victoria. The Day’s Mill and Farm derives from the combination of the site of buildings and artefacts representing farming, milling and domestic life.  As a complex, there is little that is comparable.  The agricultural collection contains significant remnants of earlier agricultural machinery and practices reflecting historical changes in how the property was used.  Generally, however most of the agricultural machinery dates from the early 20th century.  During this period Joseph Day ran the property as a mixed farm which he had increased to 896 acres by 1910 (Friends of Day’s Mill in association with Parks Victoria 2000).”

The following photographs I took on the day of our visit to this location are scenes that were of interest to me as a photographer.  They don’t necessarily represent the entire estate but are a representation of my love of details, shapes, colour, light and shade.  NB:  To see a larger view of the image, please click on the image itself.


During this photography adventure, I used my Sony a7RivA+ Full-frame Camera paired with my Tamron 35-150mm F/2-2.8 Lens.  For the outside shots, I use a tripod for sturdiness.  Inside buildings I mostly handheld my camera/lens because of confirmed spaces and trying not to get in the way of other people.  On my return home, I downloaded all the images into Lightroom Classic where I catalogued and develop the images, I thought were worthy of my time and energy.  A creative process while time-consuming is the most rewarding I feel…


Photography overall – is just another way to improve my sense of well-being and at the same time – helps me be creative. Being out and about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits is a real privilege for sure. It really does rejuvenate the body and soul. The inclusion of documentary-style photography is helping me to expand on my existing photography skills and ensures my creative endeavours remain a strong focus in my life and in turn, makes me happy…

Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – May 2023

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