august 01, 2018

RAINFOREST TO LAKE


CURRUMBIN VALLEY, QLD  to  LAKE MACQUARIE, NSW

Resettling from the lush, sub-tropical rainforest of south-east Queensland to the tranquil waters of Lake Macquarie, south between Newcastle & Sydney would seem quite unremarkable for most but not for me.

'Bimbimbi'  — our treasured half-acre of Currumbin Valley rainforest, and "place of many birds"  in native language — had been home, sanctuary & country for the past thirty-three years. So to leave all the comforts of heart & soul, everything you'd come to know & love, was a challenging & unsettling upheaval for me. 

Despite finding a new house that could be rightly called home the overriding picture of the year that had passed was still tainted with darkness. Certainly we'd approached our change of habitat with positivity. We could spend more time with our little grandson Bodhi. Our daughter Shani's wedding in Italy was a treasured moment for our family album. The arrival of our gorgeous little girl Coco was another blessing. Still, there was regret.

I should have found comfort from returning to home territory, back to familiar country closer to family & oldest friends. But positives were too few, too clouded by living in other peoples' houses, dealing with neighbours & real estate agents, and a year of witnessing the devastation caused by flood, bushfire & pandemic.       

Only two things, I feel, offered escape & saved my soul: the magic of The Lake, and the photography that led me to be consumed by it.

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YEAR-LONG DAWNING


(SS VARIOUS SHOT FORMATS  |  OVERVIEW OF ENTIRE COLLECTION  |  PANO-PORTRAIT, LANDSCAPE-ABSTRACT) 

A year of getting up every morning to see dawn from Lake Rd. No two the same. Pulbah Island, Wangi Wangi.

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