If you can’t drive them, photograph them

Big trucks, little trucks, red trucks, blue trucks - as any truck passes, Robert Hoover (14) is standing by the road taking a photograph.

The year 10 Taieri College pupil said one day he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father Daryl and become a truck driver. But being too young to rack up kilometres on the road, he is instead racking up followers on a Facebook page dedicated to his life’s passion.

With more than 2100 followers, Roberts Truck Photography has created a community where truck-obsessed photographers share photos of "big gear" (a large truck) or "puddle jumpers" (small trucks) daily.

On September 12, Robert and a friend were bored and decided to take photographs of trucks on his smartphone.

He took seven photographs in five hours. He also created the page, on his father’s advice, uploaded the photographs and it took off from there.

Robert Hoover (14) takes a photograph of a passing truck  on  State Highway 1 at Mosgiel...
Robert Hoover (14) takes a photograph of a passing truck on State Highway 1 at Mosgiel yesterday. The Taieri College pupil has turned his obsession with trucks into social media success, starting Roberts Truck Photography on Facebook on September 12. The page has grown to more than 2000 followers in less than three months. PHOTO: PETER MCINTOSH
Robert said on school nights, he would be out at least once a week to photograph passing trucks.

One day, during school holidays, he spent 12 hours taking 319 photos of different trucks, he said.

For the past couple of weeks, Robert had positioned himself at the Quarry Rd underpass on State Highway 1.

Truck drivers have started to notice him at the side of the road, sounding their horns as they pass.

But it is a two-way street: Robert notices the truck drivers, too.

"You’re not famous until you've made it to Roberts Truck Photography," he said.

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