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 13 of the series we are exploring Austinmer Beach, NSW.
29 November 2008. Austinmer Beach, NSW. Australia.
Some of my earliest memories are of this beach, growing up we would visit this beach often, normally on a summer's day with my parents and sisters. There's a good reason that these memories stick out from others, in 1987 I was 5 years old when my parents first bought a video camera, we still have the very first video my father took - a day out at this beach.
Not much had changed at Austinmer when I returned to photograph it 20 years after that video was taken, the gentle curve of the beach flanked by ocean baths at one end, rocks at the other and towering cliffs in background. What had changed in those 20 years was me, the clarity of purpose in my earlier years was now clouded, the fog of uncertainty had rolled into my life just as it rolled onto Austinmer Beach that morning. I was soon to become a father, would I provide wonderful childhood like my parents had given me? I knew that there would be challenges ahead but just like the mist on the cliffs in this image the nature of those challenges and the path ahead was not clear. All I knew was that I was starting from the right point and that the memories from all those years ago were all the guidance I needed.
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.