I took these photos when I was staying with some family who live only a two minute walk from the beach. We’d gone out for a nice meal the night before and waking up early the next day, and heading down to the beach, was an awesome way to start off the next day. Being the weekend though, I went back to bed for a couple of hours after the sun had come up. I don’t associate the beach with sunrise, but rather lazy summer afternoons. These photos make me want to head to the beach early in the morning more often. The gentle sound of the sea is particularly relaxing at that time of the day.
I’m excited to share this photo with you. I took this photo on my last evening that I was staying with my family on our farm. I was walking around enjoying the peacefulness of the land when I looked up and saw the moon in amongst the clouds in the sky. I immediately took a photograph and then stood there for a few minutes just admiring the beauty of what I was looking at. Developing an interest in photography has also meant I’m learning to stop and smell the roses every now and again.
After living in Korea for the last three years, a country with extremely high population density, I’d almost forgotten how clean the air in New Zealand is. Especially in the countryside. One of the great things about traveling is that it’s given me an appreciation of the small things of home, cliched I know, but it’s true.
I’ve had a bit of a hiatus from the blog since the last post. I got busy with work towards the end of the school semester, and then I went back to New Zealand for a wonderful 3 week holiday. I ate great food, drank absurd amounts of coffee, and best of all caught up with friends and family. Many of the friends I got to see I hadn’t seen in 3 years so it was fantastic. In a sentence, I had a generally awesome time.
While I was back home I didn’t spend much time in front of a computer, though I did shoot a few rolls of film. I’m looking forward to sharing a few of the photos I took over the coming weeks.
This trip was the first time I’d been in New Zealand and really into my photography, so the photos I took feel and look much different to the ones I’ve been taking in Korea. To me anyway. I’ll start with my favourite photo that I got. I took it early one morning on my family’s farm. I got up just before sunrise quite a few mornings while I was there, and enjoyed watching the sun give everything a beautiful golden colour as it slowly rose into the sky. I hope you like this photo as much as I do.
I took this photo about two months ago. My apartment is surrounded almost entirely by all things concrete. However there is a wonderful little trek nearby that I like to walk through to escape the city and relax. This tree is on the outskirts of the trek. If I was to turn my camera to the left of this view, I’d find a busy road only 2 metres away, with people hooning along in their cars.
Leah, a friend of mine from back home in NZ writes fabulous poems and short stories, and posts some her writing on her blog. a couple of weeks ago she asked me if i’d mind if she wrote a poem inspired by one of my photos. obviously i was very flattered and honoured that she wanted to do so. last week she posted the poem on her blog along with the photo of mine she based it on, you can find them here. check out the rest of Leah’s great writing while you’re there.
Michelle Elvy, who edits and contributes to the online short fiction magazines A Baker’s Dozen and Flash Frontier, read Leah’s poem and saw my photo. she asked if i’d be interested in sending her a few of my photos for the latest issue of Flash Frontier, which of course i was. you can find the latest issue of Flash Frontier here. i’m very honoured to have one of my photos included beside such great pieces of writing. thanks Michelle.
I posted a couple of photos of the exterior of some abandoned apartment buildings near my work a little while ago. One Friday not long after I took those photos, I ventured inside the apartments. It was actually pretty creepy inside, there was a gentle wind blowing so doors were creaking and all kinds of sounds were drifting down the stairwells. It was definitely a fun time exploring though and felt like a bit of an adventure. I took about 8 photos, these are my favs. The last two didn’t come out perfectly due to the fact that I was shooting hand held in low light, but I feel like that kind of adds to the aesthetic of the subject matter.
I took these two photos on a bike ride home from. After I take some photos I know how they will turn out as soon as I’ve clicked the shutter, whether that be good or bad. The outcome of others doesn’t cross my mind at all after I’ve clicked the shutter. Both of these fall into the latter category, thus I got a pleasant surprise when I saw them for the first time as I like them both.
I’ve enjoyed photography for a good 3 or 4 years, and brought a DSLR about three years ago. It wasn’t until the start of this year though, that my interest in it really took off. I’ve spent countless hours looking on flickr and photography blogs in the last few months. In particular the perusal of photography blogs lead me to discover a number of photographers who really inspire me. Bryan Schutmaat was one of the first of these photographers that I discovered. His work up until this point has been primarily focused on photographing the American West, incorporating both fantastic landscapes and simple yet brilliant interiors of small town diners, and other representations of small town America. Do have a look at his website.