Finding balance in a busy world, is an art. And like art, highly subjective. What works for one, does not work for the other. It all comes down to knowing the what, when and where for oneself.
I get to visit some beautiful places for work and sometimes, holiday. The coastal towns of Broome, Exmouth and Esperance come to mind immediately. But even in these tourist towns, I seek solitude in the crowd. I find a quiet spot away from the people and that’s not hard to do on Cable Beach with 22 km of beach. Esperance is my second home. I know exactly where I’m happiest in this small town. I also know in Exmouth, I’m happiest near the ocean at sunrise and sunset or delighting in smooth pebbles or shells.
But away from the big name places, I look for the ordinary things. Looking at them differently generates a mind shift for me. I’m never sure what I am photographing. I just instinctively feel the need to take a picture and then months, or years later, see something special in that moment.
I’ll share some of those moments with you.On the banks of the Fitzroy River in Willare (Kimberley region) I found these leaves along the banks. The wind had created this perfect formation. They were tightly wedged in.At home the bees in the front garden love the roses. I love the tiger stripes and colours.I have become addicted to the crunch of my boots in the silence of the bush. Sometimes I stop and check what’s at my feet. Often I find perfection.I always seem to find heart shaped rocks on the beach. I now find heart shaped leaves in the bush. The universe is speaking and so I stop and listen, ear to the ground.I love photographing surfers. They are passionate and fearless. I learn from them, it’s okay to be the same.Surfers find balance, in balance. A hard act to follow. I’m fine tuning that.
Photography has been my lifeline. I need a few minutes every day with my camera. And, in a crazy world, that’s how I steady myself.
Until next time
a dawn bird