Having moved back in the city area I have started to use my legs for something useful, walk to work. A simple, and perhaps menial task sure, but it allows the rest of me to experience the city on a personal level.
Over the last few years Newcastle has been constantly undergoing change, and I for one am all for change. But when I look around on walks to work I can't help but notice how we are now surrounded by roads works, barriers, and all these area of development are hidden behind wrapping as if to shroud the view any onlooker.
I thought about this, and I find it all a little upsetting because of what it represents to me. Barriers represent the lake of choice, and these coverings are almost secretive or to hide shame? I mean clearly it is evident what is going on, you can't help but really see it. it all sounds a little depressing, so I decided to head to Nobby's to be close to the ocean, and no place has more freedom than the ocean.
I was planning on taking a nice panoramic postcard like shot of Nobbys lighthouse only to walk out to the end of the breakwall and look back and see it too was wrapped up...
Everything happens for a reason, and this was my sign to not be content with the status quo. The message was onboard and sinking in that I need to find the beauty even in the midst of proverbial chaos.
I packed my gear and headed towards the little dunes in search for something beautiful, on a morning that would not be blessed an amazing sky full of colour I really didn't know what or how to shoot. I looked across the dunes and snappen an image of some cranes in the city as they work, which got me quite excited as I was now imagining the same shot with dramatic storm clouds.... I'll have to save this one for a rainy day, and I do mean rainy.
A glow appear on the horizon as the sun began to rise, a small gap appeared but the skies were cleary in no mood to be colourful on this day. I could see in the distance a ship heading out to sea and the sun came over the horizon, so I was about to get out the long lens and try and shoot that when I noticed near my feet was this run of grass almost reaching out to me seemingly trying to grab my attention.
I got down low, no tripod, no filter, nothing but the camera, my eye and my new found friendly piece of grass, "this is photography" I thought to myself. The sun glowed as best it could in the distance trying to warm the clouds and I got this almost euphoric feeling within me. This was to be my moment, this was where I was meant to be. Not photographing the same old stuff, finding something new, and searching for my story.
With a smile on my face, I reached over and strapped on the long lense to shoot this ship as she set off on her own journey. The sun rose over that horison and was punching through the clouds nicely giving my yet another wonderful opportunity, albeit I couldn't see so well as I had to squint quite a lot as my eyes would burn out... no ideal for a photographer.
A morning of mixed emotions for sure, but peasant ones as I realise my journey really is starting to show me my path.