The need to disconnect from the world continues to grow, slowly becoming fed up with all the noise coming from all angles of life, always demanding but never giving.
Days like these on a remote beach help to forget about all the demands and provides an opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, and to sit and watch the waves knowing no one can reach you because there is no phone reception.
I captured this moment during the Rip Curl Pro Surfing competition at Bells Beach in 2018. Each day I was there I took about 1000 photos, maybe more, but this one was thrust back to the fore front of my mind today as we celebrated International Women’s day.
Steph Gilmore was crowned winner of the Rip Curl Pro in 2018 and she deserved every ounce of that win, it was gutsy and the crowd rushed her as she came out of the surf and onto the beach, hoisting her onto the shoulders to cheers of the crowd. A moment I won’t forget for a long time.
To all Women, may we Men recognize what you do is awe inspiring and we should hoist you onto our shoulders more often.
To all the women out there, Happy International Women’s Day.
Walking through the bush with a good friend late yesterday afternoon had both of us looking at the way light fell through the trees and cast shadows across the path. We eventually found a spot that fitted our needs to capture the falling light and hopefully some leading lines to draw the eye down the path.
Its good to get away with mates to concentrate on other things, and its even better when its a boys trip attempting to conquer the Holland Track in remote Western Australia.
The Holland track is a remote track with a large number of huge bog holes filled with mud, and if you break down out there, well its along way to anywhere with phone reception.
It took us 3 days to complete the track and in hindsight, we probably should have pushed it another day as the track is not just hard on your body but also on your four wheel drive.
And yes, the bog hole in the above shot isn’t deep, its simply a teaser making you think the next one is the same only to discover its a lot deeper causing you heart to skip a beat or two.
With with exception of one vehicle, everyone else had vehicle damage to some degree or another. The vehicle in the above photo had to replace both cv’s and change diff oils and the vehicle below suffered rear panel damage and a broken tail light whilst trying to get out of a very deep bog hole, one swamped vehicle is going to take some time to dry out and the list goes on……….
With everything that happened, we all had an adventure creating memories and stories that will be told around camp fires for some time.
Now I’m off to find a good repair shop to fix the dents (Wife only knows about one of them!) until next time, happy shooting
As an Australian, I have only seen Dingos (Native Australian Dog) in their natural habitat maybe 7 or 8 times throughout my life. On this occasion, we spotted two together but the lead Dingo wasn’t sticking around to pose for a photo. I did try to photograph from inside the car however wasn’t having much luck so I very quietly and slowly got out the car, switched lenses and using the bonnet (hood) as a stable platform squeezed off a few frames. Is it perfect, no it’s not but both my wife and I feel pretty fortunate to see not one but two in their natural habitat.
There are plenty of Australians that have only seen a dingo, and other native Australian animals in a zoo! and to be honest, it’s probably the safest place to see them.
Strangely enough, the coincidence that this post is no 20 in The Friday Snap series and the first post for 2020 hasn’t made it any easier to post something thoughtful or insightful, considering that a considerable area of Australia is being ravaged by bush fires and crippling drought.
Even though I am located in Western Australia, on the other side of the country, I have become glued to news broadcasts, almost hourly, learning of a new area that is under threat only making my concerns for not only family and friends but also the everyday Australians that are fighting the fires and those suffering grow significantly.
I have been around awhile and I have lived through previous bush fires however this is on another scale all together and the impact of these fires will be felt for a considerable period of time.
A test of resilience by all Australians will be if a large cyclone or a major flood in Australia’s far north hits and potentially causes loss of life and massive damage either at the same time or immediately after this is resolved to an acceptable level.
If you can, donate to the fire appeal. Link is here,here and here.
My thoughts are with all Australians affected by these fires and the drought.
My wife and I have been traveling from the East to the West coast of Australia for the last 6 or so days and we have completed some miles. At the time of writing this its just shy of 3100 kilometres (close to 2000 miles) and we’ve still got a 1000 or so to go before we arrive in Perth.
There are a couple of signs in Australia which are iconic spots to grab a selfie and this is one of them. Letting you know that your one the eastern edge of the Nullabor Plains. Nullabor is an Aboriginal name meaning treeless plains and its 100% true. There’s not a tree in sight as far as the eye can see.
Standing in one spot pays off, especially in front of an art installation in Hyde Park, Sydney which allowed me to capture images of people stopping and appreciating the work done by the exhibiting photographers and artists.
I’m forever amazed by the inspirational work done by so many photographers from all genres and I take my hat off to anyone who gets published or included in an exhibition.