Silent Sentinels Ever since I was a small child staying with my grandparents in the tiny town of Copeville in South Australia's Murray Mallee district, I have had a fascination with grain silos. Standing the way they do, usually beside railway tracks, towering and silent, imposing structures, functional, brutish structures, but in my eyes with a beauty all their own. I recently embarked on my first ever wet plate road trip. Cameras, chemicals and mobile darkroom loaded into the car, heading from Hobart to Canberra and return, via the Bass Strait ferry. The intent was simply to make wet plates on the road to push my wet plate making skills. Deliberately taking as many rural back roads as I could I passed many grain silos, some still in use, most now abandoned. I only had the time and resources to make wet plates of a few. This is the beginning of a series of images of grain silos around Australia.