THERE'S about 300 photos in Queanbeyan latest historical tome City of Champions and photographer Trudy Taylor said there’s a story behind each and every one of them.
There was time she trudged through bushland to get to Googong's London Bridge. There was the time she stood on a cherry picker clutching a monopod to capture a panorama of the town. There was the time Queens Bridge had to be temporarily shut down so she could snap racing star Mark Webber and his go-kart.
While City of Champions features a combination of historical and contemporary photos, Mrs Taylor estimates she took about 5000 to 6000 photos specifically for the project. She wouldn't rest until she got the right shot even if it meant re-visiting a site five or six times.
"Queanbeyan’s my home town and I love it, it’s where I come from," she said.
“Queanbeyan has such a negative image sometimes, it’s thought of as the poorer second cousin to Canberra and I wanted to show that it’s not. It’s a beautiful place, there’s some beautiful parts of Queanbeyan and I certainly hope now seeing the book that’s it’s come through from the imagery."
Author Nichole Overall said the photographs - not just the words - were integral to the feel of the book.
She said she had very a vision of how she wanted the book to look and it was graphic designer Dana Stewart-Thompson who helped marry the words and images together.
“It turned out the photos that Trudy had taken eventually became part of the story. As I was writing I knew the sorts of images we needed because the photos needed to tell as much of a story as the words did as well," Mrs Overall said.
"It was important that the photos complimented what was being written and as it became more extensive the photos Trudy took had become really critical.
"We wanted to have photos that weren’t traditional or the usual ones."
Mrs Taylor said capturing the unexpected was often a challenge but a necessary one.
“You have to do that because today everybody’s a photographer, everybody’s got a camera on their phone," she said.
"Digital photography makes it so easy these days, you have to go above and beyond to get something different to the images that other people are producing.
"It wasn't a matter of just driving past and going 'click'."