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 29 of the series I'm looking at a part of the world that I think encapsulates the variety of the world's coastlines.
30 December 2012. Boat Harbour, NSW. Australia
Until moving to Canberra in 2018 I had never lived more than 30 minutes from the coast. I've spent a lot of time at many different coastlines from beaches to cliffs to rocky outcrops, each coastline is unique. The small coastal town of Boat Harbour in the Port Stephens region has all three types of coastline in a very short area and for a photographer it is great fun exploring this area. Scrambling between areas you can find a never ending array of compositions and thanks to the tide rarely is any trip to this place the same. This image was made on my very first trip to Boat Harbour, just after Christmas with a brand new camera in hand (thanks Santa!)
In this particular image I really like how the rocky outcrops interact with the water, they are positioned to try and constrain the water but as the waves surge forward they cannot hold the water back. The reflection of the clouds in the puddled water is a subtle reminder that the motion of the tide will bring the water higher than it seems to be now. A hint of the power of the water and the danger that it poses.
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.