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Sid Coombes and Callena Brenchley

Sid and Callena with their Sunliner

'Capturing what makes Australia tick'

Graduates focus on new adventure in vintage 'van

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TWO former students of Queensland College of Art are focusing on a new adventure in their vintage caravan.

Graduates Sid Coombes and Callena Brenchley will soon set off on an epic road trip around Australia in the ageing Sunliner caravan hoping to capture the people and places that make up our great sunburnt land.

After considering a converted bus or campervan, the adventurers chanced upon the 1956 caravan which will become their home and office for the the next 12-months.

"We stumbled across the Sunliner on Instagram," Sid explained.

"We wanted something that would photograph well, and it's a real Australian icon.

"The functionality isn't always the best there are holes everywhere and things that leak but we love it."

The couple met while studying for a Bachelor of Photography and went on to launch a successful photography business, Daisy and The Duke, after graduating in 2013.

They decided to embark on their road trip as a way of combining their twin passions of photography and travel.

Sid at work in the Sunliner caravan

Sid at work in the Sunliner

"There is so much to see in Australia, but most of us have never been further west than the Great Dividing Range," Sid said.

"We can also still keep our business going while we travel, which important to us."

Callena was looking forward to exploring new territory.

"We are really excited to get out of the cities and see the untouched areas of Australia ... the gorgeous beaches, red dirt, mountains and forests," she explained.

"We have a Google Map that is constantly getting filled with new locations."

The couple will start their Australian odyssey in August.

They see the trip as a chance to capture what makes Australia tick ... from the natural landscapes to the people they meet along the way.

"I think photography is an amazing way to forge a connection," Callena said.

"And people in the country are more open for a chat, whereas in the cities everyone has got their walls up.

"We are keen to tell people's stories through our photos and try and capture what makes up the fabric of Australian life."

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