PARKES, IAN

PARKES, IAN – A Youth Not Wasted

How can mere red dirt and stones and scrubby trees and shrubs and rises and falls in the land and haze and a vast blue sky be so potent? Such was it’s power, even in the intense heat, even at night – sometimes, especially at night – the landscape seized you.

PARKES, IAN - A Youth Not Wasted

PARKES, IAN – A Youth Not Wasted

And when people ask me why I wasted my youth… in the vast Australian outback, all I can say is that my youth was not wasted.

PARKES, IAN - A Youth Not Wasted

PARKES, IAN – A Youth Not Wasted

People who truly live in the outback listen to it. What they hear I do not know…What the country says is beyond words.

PARKES, IAN - A Youth Not Wasted