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 28 of the series I'm looking at the challenge of photographing a place that has become cliche.
22 October 2012. The National Carillion, Canberra, ACT. Australia
I approached the National Carillion with trepidation, it is a magnificent landmark that sits proud within Lake Burley Griffin, chiming across the Capital city of Australia. My trepidation came not from the challenge of the location but from a problem more and more common to photography in the internet age - that of the cliche image. You will have seen it 'that' image which every photographer makes, places like Yosemite and Wanaka will instantly conjure thoughts of 'that' image that everyone takes. The problem with the cliche image is that it portrays the photographer not as a creative but as a hunter, challenged to travel and capture 'that shot' rather than contemplate the experience of a place and create an image that reflects feeling. I myself am guilty of capturing the occasional cliched image but there is little satisfaction in this approach and the frustration mounts as you find you find millions more images just like yours, all without substance.
I had never been to the Carillion before and would have contented myself with the time spent outside if I had not found a unique composition. Still, I took a walk around the island upon which the Carillion sits and as the sun started to set I was blessed with some nice colour to the clouds. The sunset spurred me to make an image of the Carillion that I have not seen before, I was surprised that although the building sits proud on the lake as you get close to it you realise that it is nestled with nature.
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.