For my birthday we went away on a short getaway to our favourite beachside town. What I'm really drawn to about this place is the preservation of the original mid-century beach bungalows which are so delightfully 'Aussie'. From the curbless roads, to the all purpose milk bar come convenience store to the fact that you can walk in any direction and find a beach always makes me feel as though I'm reliving my own childhood holidays. There is a certain quiet and stillness about the place which I can't remember ever feeling since growing up and becoming an adult with rush and responsibility. It is a breathe of fresh air and a step back into the past that is so comforting and familiar in a way I can't even describe. It is truly my happy place.
Something pretty exciting happened this April. I was named among the Top 10 documentary photographers in the 2018 Australia's Top Emerging Photographer Awards by Capture Magazine. The talent in this industry is insane so it's such a huge honour to have my name in there - one I could never have imagined, let alone get to experience for two years in a row now.
Below are some of the images submitted for the competition.
One of my favourite things that I look for when I'm shooting is movement and colour. The Fair is the perfect place providing both a challenge and an opportunity for interesting shots with an abundance of changeable light and bright, inconsistent colours as well as the real obstacle - thousands of people all in one location who care not for your photography goals. It really requires a lot of patience, concentration and often a stroke of luck to really nail a shot. I decided this year to try and stick mostly to a slow shutter speed to capture the chaotic nature, energy and mood of the event. I was at first disappointed that I didn't 'nail' more of my slow shutter shots but as time went on the slight and sometimes dramatic and abstract sense of movement really grew on me. Considering I was shooting at very high ISOs at sunset and beyond, I really needed to throw the idea of perfection out the window.
Living in a beachside city means that most Summer weekends are spent in the vicinity of the beach. And as odd as it seems when we go on holidays most of our time is spent travelling to other beachside towns. That probably seem boring and unadventurous but the ocean has been a constant in my life since I was born and the need to be near it at all times is strong for me. I could photograph the beach and all it's beautiful textures and shadows for a lifetime and never get bored, and no matter how much time we spend there it is never ever long enough for the kids, who always beg to stay longer - even through pruney wrinkled fingers and saltwater matted hair.