It is always a pleasure and a privilege to document an important part of a life.

In this case, it was to capture images of a place William Ryan is very familiar with – the Coal Loader at Balls Head, Sydney. ‘Billy’ spent many years in different roles working at this site, now restored and developed as a sustainability, garden, event and art installation site, complete with guided tours, café and historical artefacts on display. Billy was great to photograph. He is a font of knowledge and a provided me with great yarns about his time working at the site. Working conditions were tough, the site dirty and the hours long, but Billy remembers the comradeship with his fellow workers.

A number of the images captured are shown an editorial feature on this website.