Some times processing images is easy. Some images take a little more. A little more time, thought and exploration. Maybe it takes time to let the initial thoughts and ideas you have about the images fade. To allow new ideas to creep in, new possibilities.
This image was captured last summer, but due a whole lot of reasons, I am still working through these and many other images. This year has been one of change and new beginnings, of investing in things which are important, and enjoying the rewards from it. Some things do happen in a hundredth of a second, to use an old quote, but some take much longer. Still it gives you time to ask questions, consider and choose what you think feels best.
The image above has many possibilities, a faster shutter speed would have yielded quite a different result. On the other hand I could have used a really long exposure to soften the water to mist. But the emotion that I felt, the thought which stayed in my mind, was of how the water surged and flowed. Pushing me away from the wharf piles, all broken and worn. Yet for all its power, the sea had not won, not yet. These piles stand as a reminder of the past, of a river port that was once the busiest in the area. Of a young nation trying to make its way in the world. Of the bounty and productivity of the region.
With better roads, trucks and larger ships, little ports like this have had their time but that doesn't mean that they should be forgotten. They will fade, as all memories do, but not yet!
Creativity, drive and craft, they are the foundations stones on which create. So much so that one or two without the others will struggle. But for me creativity, the flame which sometimes flickers, threatening to go out, yet other times burns white hot, is the most challenging. It's the most fickle. It cannot be forced or coerced. The Greeks characterised it as the muse, goddesses that blessed people with inspiration, in an effort to explain it's fleetingness and mystery.
Building on the thoughts from my last blog post, conversations are fragile, tenuous things. They are influenced easily, by the people having the conversation, the environment or even the knowledge available. Can you think back to a conversation that you would wish to have again? One that could have gone better if only....?
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?
The Christmas season is upon us, and a merry Christmas to you all. I hope the season has bought you and your loved ones, joy and fun times. As we take a moment to celebrate, it has struck me this year more than most, the huge variation there is in our culture. From the it's just another day approach, to those who go all out. Of course there is no right way, we each have our traditions and with the cycle of life they ebb and flow. But thinking about it this year, the people who just see it as another day, are they the same people who feel as if each day is a strange version of groundhog day. By celebrating, putting some effort into the festivals that occur during the year, we are adding a daub of colour to life.