If you're looking to capture a classic photo of an Aussie country town, look no further than Trundle (population 332). Picture yourself here, standing on New South Wales' widest main street, next to the Trundle Hotel with the second longest wooden verandah in Australia, with an ABBA soundtrack playing in the background! This normally sleepy community explodes in October when the community frocks up, puts on their dancing shoes and hosts the Trundle Abba Festival. Even its old railway line, kept open for the occasional grain train, comes alive with the arrival of the special “Waterloo Express”, a vintage passenger train full of revellers to join the fun.
Chris was born in Melbourne but grew up in Kuranda in North Queensland. He loved taking the Silver Bullet (tin turtle) train down the Kuranda range to Cairns for high school during those years. He studied Performing Arts at James Cook University before moving to Sydney to work for the Aboriginal and Islander Dance theatre. He then moved into the film industry working in the art department on many productions such as Babe, Pricilla, and the Wiggles to name a few. In 1992 he took his first trip to Japan and fell in love with the country, food, culture, and people. He studied Japanese and returned to Japan every year for holidays. Chris began working as a coordinator for Japanese productions in the South Pacific and in 2012 moved to Tokyo. His love for Japan and all things Japanese has grown over this time, just going to the convenience store is still exciting for him!