Lisa Ross, camera operator
Colin Ross’s wife Lisa was a crucial collaborator, as she frequently manned the camera to capture her husband in action.
While never having received official credits, Lisa Ross (1889-1945) looms large as a real-life organizational and editorial presence in her husband’s travel media enterprise. Colin Ross’s graduation from a well-regarded travel reporter to a recognizable popular figure in the late 1920s is due in large part to her contributions. As they traveled customarily without a professional camera operator, Colin Ross had to rely on his spouse to crank the camera handle in the numerous shots that feature him entering the frame, sporting his trademark scout hat and suit.
This is also why in some family scenes, such as this hike up Tasman Glacier in New Zealand, Lisa Ross is missing from the shots, as she records the events. (The fourth person leading the hiking group is a guide.) This implied presence of Lisa Ross becomes almost comical once Colin Ross gets on his skis and declares that he is now “going on alone”—the lone adventurer still being captured on film by his wife, in all likelihood.
(Archival note: right before Ross decides to continue on his own, five shots from the original sequence in Achtung Australien! Achtung Asien! are missing in the copy used for this scan.)
Colin Ross. Australien - Indien - Neuguinea - Neuseeland [archive title]
Excerpt from: Colin Ross. Achtung Australien! Achtung Asien! Das Doppelgesicht des Ostens. Germany: Ufa/Ullstein; 1930.
reel 2: 35mm | b&w | sound | 522m | 24 fps | 19’
Master: 0001-01-0926_Australien_ROSS_Colin_XY_Omnimago_2016_PR422HQ_2048x1768_PCM_24fps.mov; 0:31:16,12-0:33:26,07
Case: Oceania-Asia trip 1928-30