It's hard to believe another year has passed. 2017 was a fun, sometimes frenetic, often busy year. With its passing, there is now a chance to take a moment over the break reflect, to look back at the year that has been. Why do we feel the need to do this, maybe it's all the review programmes on TV, or it's the same urge that drives people to make resolutions on New Years eve, I'm not really sure. But it is a tradition I have developed over the last four or five years. Reviewing the images I have captured over the year, looking at what I have enjoyed, what has worked well, and what I can learn going forward?
For the last morning of our trip to Kapiti coast and Wellington, Les and I decided to head for Owhiro Bay near the Red Rocks Reserve. All throughout the weekend the south coast of Wellington had paid dividends, so this looked like a great option. But despite a beautiful colourful display to the east when we arrived, the sky never really lit up.
Sometimes you look for new angles, new compositions and dramatic light. Sometimes you just have to shoot the classics. A shell strewn beach, a beautiful wharf stretching out into the bay, reaching towards the hills on the other side. The strong lines, the soft water, the textures, a classic shot. A beautiful way to spend a half an hour as we watched the sun rise.
In April 1968 the Wahine, a ferry which carried passengers between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, sank on the passage into Wellington Harbour. In the end fifty three people lost their lives in the disaster, and this remains New Zealand's worst modern maritime disaster.
The quote everyone knows about photography is 'The camera never lies!'. In one sense that is true, but in many others it rarely tells the truth. Why can both possibilities be true. The answer is because photography is an expressive art form, as all art is. What I mean by that is that the photographer can express through his or her print, both what is occurring in the physical world (the world outside the camera) and the internal world of the photographer (their emotions, thoughts, beliefs, likes and dislikes). This is why you can take a number of photographers to the same location and each produce images that are different to the others.