Photo: Sascha Grant on Flickr
In the tiny town of Meckering in Western Australia, located about 133km east of Perth along Great Eastern Highway, I was surprised to spot a big camera sculpture the size of a small building off to the side of the road in a dusty siding.
On a second look I saw it was the front an actual building – one with two windows and a front door that you enter into through the camera’s lens.
What Exactly Is the Big Camera of Meckering?
The Big SLR Camera is a curious diversion on a long, and mostly rather boring, stretch of road. It’s one of those “Big Things” of Australia, kitschy man-made landmarks that you just have to stop the car to photograph… which is kind of ironic come to think of it.
When we drove past we stopped for the compulsory photos, but although I would have liked to seen inside for a quick look, my Mum wanted to hit the road and continue on our way. So I never got to discover what awaits behind the black and white tin walls and dark, security-screened windows.
The Big Camera stuck in my mind for some reason, so when we returned home from our road trip through the West Australian Wheat Belt and Gold Fields, I went online to find out what exactly it was, and whether or not I missed out on much by not going inside!
The Meckering Museum of Photography
I managed to track down the “Big Camera Museum of Photography” website, where I discovered that the Big Camera of Meckering is home to a photography museum, apparently:
the only museum, totally dedicated to photography, open to the public anywhere in Australia.
The website also mentions that the building is fully airconditioned, which I could see surely being a big plus on one of those furnace-hot summer days you get in the Wheat Belt.
Photo: Don Pugh on Flickr
A Couple More “Big Camera” Links
In going online to find out what on earth the Big Camera was, I found out that other travel bloggers and photography nerds had been there before! Here are a few interesting links: Both open in a new tab or window.)
- Photo Finished: 9 Snappy Camera-Shaped Buildings – a random article on Web Urbanist about camera-shaped buildings around the world – including the Meckering Museum of Photography!
- Big Things : The Big Camera, Meckering – read about Juz and Dave’s experience of taking a look inside the Big Camera and staying overnight in Meckering.
Have you ever been to the Big Camera Museum of Photography in Meckering?
If so please leave a comment and let us know what you thought of it.
Last Updated: 10th November, 2014.
First posted on 25th June, 2014 by Bonny.
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