The most famous image of the summer is the waterlogged, sweltering summer of 1972.
But the story is not that simple.
It wasn’t just a blustery afternoon in Sydney Harbour.
The picture was taken by photographer Bill McLeod in the middle of a long, hot, and dry day in Melbourne’s central business district.
It was the perfect image to illustrate the heatwave, the power of the sun, and the city’s lack of electricity.
Mr McLeod’s image has become one of the most widely shared images of the Australian summer, with more than 5 million people viewing it on the internet.
He had just set up his first tripod on a tripod stand, and was trying to photograph the city from a distance.
“I’m not saying I was trying not to get heatstroke, because I did get heat stroke,” Mr McNeil said.
“But I was in the mood for a photograph.”
But the heat was already starting to bite.
“When it rained, it started to rain and the sun started to get very bright,” he said.
But as Mr McLean’s camera started to take more and more images, he began to lose interest.
“It was only after I’d taken a couple of photos that I noticed the sun was getting really hot, which was quite an unexpected occurrence,” he explained.
“We were getting pretty close to the top of the city, and I was just starting to get bored with photographing.” “
A few days later, Mr McLaverty started to wonder if he could take a picture of Melbourne’s weather without his camera. “
We were getting pretty close to the top of the city, and I was just starting to get bored with photographing.”
A few days later, Mr McLaverty started to wonder if he could take a picture of Melbourne’s weather without his camera.
He didn’t know what to expect, and it was still raining.
“There was no way I could photograph it,” he recalled.
“So I just had to look up and try and get the sun to be up there.”
But after taking a few more pictures, Mr McLarty realised that the sun had indeed gone out.
“By that time, I’d been doing this for 20 years and it still hadn’t changed,” he told News.
“And then the heat gets up there in the afternoon, but it doesn’t really change until later on in the evening, when the sun sets.” “
He decided to start a blog and share his findings on social media. “
And then the heat gets up there in the afternoon, but it doesn’t really change until later on in the evening, when the sun sets.”
He decided to start a blog and share his findings on social media.
“One of the things I found on my blog is that it gets a lot of traffic, and people who have taken the photo have written comments like, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that was taken from my front door’,” he said, laughing.
Mr McLamy’s blog has become a forum for people to share their experiences of the Melbourne summer.
“My blog has been so popular, and now I get emails from people from all over the world asking if I’ve photographed the Melbourne heatwave in any other way,” he added.
But he said the weather was still very different to what it had been before the summer.