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 12 of the series we are exploring Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW.
21 June 2008. Newcastle Ocean Baths, NSW. Australia.
It's rare the a single day will produce two images that stand the test of time in my portfolio but this image and 'Six' were taken just minutes apart. I had visualised this image the first time that I visited the baths back in 2005 but back then I did not have an ultra-wide angle lens that would be necessary to create this perspective of the posts and chain standing in the foreground and then arching off to the background on the other side of the frame. Still, this image required careful positioning of the camera to make sure that the closest post was prominent in the frame while making sure that all of the other posts stood out individually and did not overlap. With an ultra-wide lens moving the camera just centimetres had the potential to block out large numbers of posts ruining the effect.
In large prints, the decay in the posts becomes evident - for some there is very little metal left to connect them to the concrete. As with 'Six' the arching concrete wall separates smooth, still water in the pool with the rough waves of the ocean. Lastly, the slightest pink in the clouds offsets the cold blue of the sky and the water - hinting at the warmth that the sun is about to bring to the day.
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.