Sign writer Cameron Woodrow has been flat out taking calls and printing copies of his trawler photographs.
Sign writer Cameron Woodrow has been flat out taking calls and printing copies of his trawler photographs. The Daily Examiner

Cameron's trawler pics make a splash

A FAMILY walk along the breakwater at Yamba has turned into a sideline business for sign writer Cameron Woodrow, of Wooloweyah.

Cameron was the photographer who caught the dramatic images of Iluka trawler Fleet Wing as it was pounded by waves crossing the Yamba bar on April 4.

Since the photographs were featured in The Daily Examiner a few days later, Cameron said he's received an avalanche of calls from people wanting copies.

“I've just been completely inundated,” Cameron said.

“Every day I'm still getting anywhere from one to six phone calls from people wanting copies. It's just amazing.”

Cameron said he had even had a fisherman from Mullaway turn up at his office near the Harwood Bridge to get his own copy of the photos.

But once the fisherman saw one of the stretched canvas versions Cameron had made for the owner of the trawler, the fisherman took that instead.

“The photos aren't the best quality in the world but I think it's just the action,” Cameron said.

The budding photographer plans to do a load of prints to sell from his office and put in the shops in Yamba, including The Daily Examiner.

He already has a sequence of photos showing the dramatic bar crossing, hanging at the BP in Yamba, and several have already sold.

The images have also leaked out on the internet.

An editor of a boating magazine on the Gold Coast was emailed the photos and called Cameron straight away to ask for permission to use them in the magazine.

All of the attention has left Cameron thanking his lucky stars he was in the right place at the right time, with his camera at the ready.

Cameron and his family had been down at the breakwater testing out the bike his son Tai had received for his seventh birthday.

“I thought because of the weather, while we were out there I'd take some photos of the waves breaking on the bar,” he said.

“Just as we were about to go home we saw a trawler coming out and thought we'd wait to see what would happen.”

Next thing he knew Cameron was photographing the lucky escape of Fleet Wing and its crew, swamped by waves crossing the bar, and then its equally terrifying return trip to the safety of the river.

For information on the photos contact Cameron on 6645 4888.



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