Big rigs inspire great photos

BIG IS BEST:Part time photographer Matt Hayes sells safety equipment when he isn’t taking photos of Big Rigs like these ones in Perth. Photos: Matt Hayes
BIG IS BEST:Part time photographer Matt Hayes sells safety equipment when he isn’t taking photos of Big Rigs like these ones in Perth. Photos: Matt Hayes

PHOTOGRAPHING trucks became more than just a bit of a hobby for Matt Hayes when he moved to Perth a year ago.

He had always loved the big rigs but seeing the "massive loads" driving each week on the Great Northern Hwy has inspired some great photos.

"A lot of people don't even realise that so much travels down that highway and on Super Saturdays when the over 5.5's leave its just impressive," he said.

Matt told Big Rigs that every Saturday in Western Australia was referred to as Super Saturday, where anything over 5.5 metres can be moved and anywhere up to 20 trucks pulling oversized loads will leave Perth heading north to mines and construction sites.

It is common place to see loads eight metres wide and very high he said.

"McAleese does most of the Komatsu loads and everything else is shared around."

Matt said there were not enough pilots, trucks or police escorts at times.

"Most of all the loads heading north leave Perth and stop at the Chittering Roadhouse before leaving again on their way. A lot of the roads are nowhere near wide enough and some of the routes are scenic, but I doubt the truckies get to see that having to contend with their loads and other road users."

The 42-year-old lives in Perth and shares his pictures on Facebook page Heavy Haulage in Australia.

There are almost 3000 members who regularly take photos of oversize loads and share them online.

He said the online community of truck enthusiasts was continually growing.

"Not counting the many Facebook groups that take and share various other truck images, so it's kind of huge."

Matt shoots with a Canon 5D mark 2 and 3 and uses L series lenses to capture the best photos. When travelling he uses a Canon G12.

He also films the trucks with his Sony video camera and uploads them to YouTube.

"I love a challenge when I take photographs and the trucks allow me to better my photography skills. There's nothing worse than a moving target when you are trying to focus."

Matt says he has also had help along the way from Tony Bennett who has been taking pictures in Brisbane and NSW of trucks since the 80's. The pair used to take photos of trucks when Matt was living in Brisbane.

"We used to travel all over the various Australian states taking photos."


Matt puts all his images up on flickr for people to use for screen savers see

Topics:  truck photography, western australia

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