Maelstrom

Survival was more than the preservation of life.  It was tenacity in the face of ruin, an unbroken resolve in the midst of defeat, a glimmer of hope in the maelstrom….. and peace despite the wreckage…..Jocelyn Murray

Well, I’m back.  I’ve finished the shift finally and am (almost) settled in the new place.  I have shifted many times in my life and I felt this harder than I have before.  I guess I must be starting to feel my age.  Everything seems heavier than it has before but regardless, it’s done and I’m finding the new place slowly but surely.

I haven’t started really started shooting yet this year which is not like me at all but soon I’ll be making up for that. I have many, many shoots planned and images dreamed up.  It was important to be settled first though as this year is looking like being huge.  I have travel plans and exhibitions happening so it will be all go.  I am planning my first solo exhibition this year too and there are lots of exciting things happening with that.

I’ve been planning it since last year and have actually shot a few pictures for the images I have in mind. One of the models involved was the lovely Ramana and whilst this is not the image which will be part of the exhibition, it was a favourite that screamed to be edited.  I guess it’s how I’m feeling a little bit too at the moment.. Finally feeling a little bit of peace after the storm.

maelstrom

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Abide with Me

Sometimes the most productive thing you can do is rest and let your angels wrap you in their loving arms…. Unknown

I was really excited this morning to be heading to my local lake to do a photo shoot with a beautiful  young lady.  Do you believe some things are just meant to be?  I’ve spoken before about how some photos just make themselves.  I lose myself in the process and feel I am being guided by a greater power.

This is one of those photos.  I had a completely different outcome in my mind when I started editing this and then it literally took on wings all of it’s own.  I had no intention of this photo being an angel but I took a back seat to the process and let it happen. Sometimes, that’s the most productive thing you can do.

Abide with Me

 

Lady of the Lake

It is through turbulence we achieve altitude.  The wisdom and patience we learn through adversity gives lift to our wings, helping us rise from the depths 

We’ve had an unseasonably warm start to Autumn here in the Blue Mountains Australia and I really don’t like the heat.  So yesterday, I decided to meet up with friends at Wentworth Falls Lake.  The water was perfect and the day became so much easier to cope with.

But why waste a photo opportunity.  I asked my friend Jenny to pose for me and as she has even more costumes than me and never misses an opportunity to dress up, she donned her medieval dress and got in the water for me.  The main photo I wanted to take was done and still being worked on but I loved this one too so decided to edit this one first.

I had at the back of my mind the Lady of the Lake who enchanted Merlin and gave King Arthur his sword. The dress was perfect for the image I had in my mind.  It also helps having a model who is so easy to direct and one who loves and is loved by the camera.  When the original concept photo is ready, I’ll post it and show you.

Lady of the Lake