In this blog series I am telling the stories of 100 of my favorite images, how I came to be there, what it was like and why I still enjoy the image. For image 4 of the series we are exploring an image from Gostwyck, New South Wales.
16 April 2006, Gostwyck, NSW Australia
Gostwyck is famous for its chapel, a quaint little building at the intersection of 3 country roads. A vine grows all over the chapel and in the autumn months the leaves turn red when the setting sun lights up the church beautifully, it is conveniently located near my in-laws so during one visit to see them we went out to photograph the chapel at sunset. I was expecting to photograph the chapel and despite good shooting conditions I could not seem to make a good composition of it, after an hour I assessed that the best light had gone and we got into the car to head back to Armidale. We were about 50 meters away from the chapel when I saw the very last light of the day shining through the trees. My passengers did not need an explanation when I quickly pulled the car over, lept out with my camera to photograph what I knew would be the best image of the outing. Knowing that the light would fade any second I left my tripod behind in the car and knelt right at the front of the car to take this image. To minimise the flare of the sun I stood in the shadow of a tree and shot a multi-image panorama. The light faded just as I took the last image but that was enough!
Seeing this image on a computer screen does not really do it justice, the 50 inch print that I have in my lounge room has far greater colour, brightness and detail. I love this image for the shadows as much as for the light, the perfectly spaced trees make perfectly spaced shadows that would balance the image but the road takes your eye away and towards a far brighter horizon. The light at the end of the 'tunnel' of trees guides you perfectly down the black road and into the viewers imagination. How does your eye move over this scene? I'd love to hear about how you take it in.
Creating fine prints is my favorite part of photography, sharing the ultimate expression of an image with someone who will cherish it for years to come brings me great satisfaction. If you would like to purchase a print please contact me, prints from this series start at just $100.