Birchip is a regional town 312 kilometres north west of Melbourne, Australia. A flat, dry landscape where weather and its effects are so apparent, the land so open and vulnerable to the elements.
The day I travelled to Birchip to shoot a story for United Nations, the wind bellowed across the open dusty landscape under a blistering sun. For us and the equipment, it was a challenging environment to shoot for the day. For the people that work the land here, the conditions are part of daily life.
The farms of Birchip produce wheat, barley and canola. We met with third generation wheat farmer John to discuss life on the farm, the impact of weather and how he and his family use forecasting data provided by United Nations to plan for and manage drought.
Here’s some frame grabs from the shoot:
Client: United Nations
Producer/Director & DOP: Ryan Blair