Wet feet Childish laughter Footprints in the sand: Memories to cherish
I took this shot at Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle earlier this afternoon. It was a bit of a tricky shot as while I liked the way the light was falling on the headland and how it contrasted with the water and the rocks, there was an ugly wire fence in the way and none of the compositions I tried seemed to work very well.
I finally managed to find this composition by pushing the camera through a small space in the fence and just as I was ready to take the shot, a couple of children wandered into the bottom left of the frame. They had lots of fun running up to the water and jumping in, then squealing and rushing back the other way as the tide suddenly came back in.
I thought I’d try to capture some of that in the photo so I set up for a longer exposure. This was the result, I really like it… the motion blur’s almost made them look like ghosts playing on the sand. It captures the scene quite nicely.
In the dark night
The world looks similar
I walk on
I took these photos along the Belmont lakefront last night. It was a lovely clear night and I thought it was a good chance to see how my new camera performed at night as well as to stretch my legs.
I used to do quite a bit of night photography in Sydney but it’s not something I’ve done as much of lately. I’ll have to do more of it. Night shots can look quite unique, particularly street photography, and I like how it can give a new perspective to subjects you’ve photographed before as well.
A cold wind blows
As I sit and watch
The sun set
And the seagulls swarm
I took this down by the lake in Belmont this afternoon. The light was beautiful as the sun started to go down but it was bitterly cold, particularly in the wind. It made for some nice choppy waves on the water though.
The seagulls were everywhere too. Unfortunately I didn’t have any chips for them but these two were kind enough to pose for me anyway. 😉
A golden sun Reflects off the water, Warms my face On this Spring day
It was a lovely warm day today. The weather was lovely all weekend actually and I thought I’d go down to the lake to catch the sunset and mark the end of the weekend.
I took this while I was down there, just as the sun was starting to go down over the hills. I’m pleased with how the photo came out. The sun was lovely and warm and the colours were beautiful. I think it captured the scene pretty well overall.
As the sun sets On another day I let my thoughts drift Far away
I took this yesterday evening while walking home after doing some shopping. I hadn’t been expecting to do any photography but luckily I had brought my spare camera with me anyway so I was still able to take a few shots when I reached the lake and saw this lovely sunset.
The sky was really spectacular and I tried to get down low to show a bit of a different perspective and get in as much of the sky as I could. It was interesting trying to crouch down, keep my balance and compose with a camera in one hand and four bags of shopping in the other but I think it came out pretty well in the end!
On a beautiful clear day
Two people sat on a park bench
An old man and a young boy
Watching the world pass by
What is it like to be a child?
The man asked the boy It’s been so long I cannot remember
What it felt like to be so young
Being young is not so bad,
The boy replied to the man It can be hard and frustrating
But I know I have much to learn
And what is it like growing old?
The boy asked the man Does it scare you to know
You are running out of time?
Growing old can be difficult,
The man answered the boy But not so hard as living with regret
And knowing you have wasted your life
And how do you feel about adulthood?
The man asked the boy Do you know what you want to be
When you grow up?
I never want to grow up,
The boy replied to the man Just because I will get older doesn’t mean I can’t stay young at heart
And how do you feel about love?
The boy asked the man Have you ever fallen in love
And did it last?
Love can break your heart,
The man said to the boy I loved once and swore I never would again
And now I am alone
Whatever you do, don’t be like me,
The man told the boy There are few things worse in life
Than living with unfulfilled dreams
I promise, I won’t be like you,
The boy said to the man I will make something of my life
And even if I fail, at least I shall have tried
The old man nodded and they sat in silence
As people walked by around them
Oblivious to their conversation
Lost in their own lives
I wrote this poem over a couple of nights this week. For a fairly short poem it was quite challenging to write, more than I thought it would be.
I felt the overall structure of the poem was important and I spent a long time refining each stanza. I specifically wanted to try to tell the story in a minimal way so as not to distract from the conversation and finding that flow was probably the most difficult part of the poem. I like how it came out in the end.
Something I often think about is if I could somehow give advice to my younger self, what would I say? That’s what initially inspired the poem and the boy and the old man are meant to the same person, years apart.
They are not meant to be me, however, so much as a reflection of society in general and the way we are often forced to conform from a young age and the path that sets us on for the rest of our lives.
I’m not sure what I would say in that situation but I suspect it would be a variation on some of what the old man says. I would probably tell myself to not be afraid to take chances as you’ll never know where they might take you.
The photo is one I took a couple of years ago in Sydney’s Centennial Park. I think it suits the poem well. I like to think this is the man the boy eventually grows into, on his way to becoming the old man one day in the future.