It was a cool, clear night with a biting wind which pulled some clouds in making for a beautiful sunset. I was walking to the pier with Bertie the bear to do my favourite thing and photograph in the dimming light when I was stopped in my tracks by this shadowy scene.
At the end of Jetty Road walking towards the pier is the Pioneer Memorial which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the State in 1836. Four of the more significant settlers who came to make a new life in the free colony of South Australia were Edward Gibbon Wakefield, Robert Gouger, Robert Torrens and George Fife Angas who’s names are inscribed on a plaque on the side of the monument to commemorate their efforts in securing the foundation act of 1834. On top of memorial is a replica of HMS Buffalo, the ship they and the other first settlers sailed here aboard.
With a back drop of palm trees and an amazing sunset it makes an impressive presence on the road.
I have never been one to follow the crowd. Even when I tried in my teenage years, desperate to fit in and feel “accepted” it all went wrong. I always came back to myself.
It wasn’t until I was into my thirties that I began to grow into my body, when I began to truly embrace who I am and the uniqueness of me.
While photographing the sunset in Adelaide at Glenelg I decided to hide from the crowds and photograph it from underneath the pier. Converting the file to an absence of colour and making it Sepia emphasises the strong and sturdy form of the pier.
Yes, it is good to capture those breath taking shots that you see constantly displayed on social media and the internet, but sometimes it is more magical to go your own way and create a photograph which embraces your uniqueness, describes who you are and resonates with your soul.
Some people use digital manipulation to create who they are and make the photograph unique to them. Manipulating the image so it represents how they feel, rather than what they see, and it becomes a piece of artwork like a painting. I prefer to take a photograph which is a representation of what I see and add words to it to describe how I feel. Everyone is different and everyone is unique. How do you show your own uniqueness in your photographs?
This amazing layered glass sculpture on the North side of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens really caught my attention. I loved that you could see a reflection of the architecture behind it in the glass.
The sculpture changed as I walked around the glass wave it seemed to take on a new form. It reminded me of life and how we have to continually change and adapt. It also reminded me that I needed to remember to look at things from different perspectives in order to see the full picture.
Those of you who don’t know me will not be aware of my obsession of collecting maps where ever I travel. I love maps! I can not recall when this started but I think it was mainly due to travelling on my own a lot. I think it is a safety net of some sorts? All I do know is the more maps I have of a place the happier I feel! I usually have one favourite and that is the one which I use the most. I mark on where I want to go and off I trundle into the unknown….but it is not unknown as I have a map! (Insert smug face here….) The best maps are free maps! Go to any Tourist Information centre….usually hiding away at the back is the free map section. It is like a library of information. Hostels and Hotels are also good at providing free city maps. I do have some treasured Ordinance Survey maps for my bigger hiking adventures which are battered and torn and most importantly…..used. I suppose some people collect magnets or keyrings from the places they visit, for me it seems to have become maps. I recently went to Adelaide, in South Australia. One of the places I decided that I wanted to visit was the Botanic Gardens. This is the awesome little free map which I found on the way which gave me some back ground to the gardens. Here are some of the background facts just in case you fancy visiting: The gardens do not only have 16 hectares of plants, but also a pharmaceutical herb garden and several pieces of stunning architecture. This is one of three sites which together comprise the Botanic Gardens of South Australia. The other two sites are in Witting and Mount Lofty. The central gardens is easy to get to and a short easy walk from the city centre past the University. The gardens are laid out to tell stories of how plants shape our future. There is also a cafe, shop and public convenances.
When you are focused on the here and now you are involved in what you are doing and in the present moment. You don’t look back to see the reflection of what is behind you, or to the future to see what is to come. You remain focused on the task at hand…this is where your greatest power lies.