It hasn’t been a very exciting week and there isn’t a lot to share today. Things have been quiet. Too quiet really. Though I will try and see if I have some things to share.
I think I will be going back up there in the next few weeks. I will have access to a car in November and it seems a logical thing to do to plan another trip up there. I might also see if I can get something together and try teaching another class up there. Thought I might start running some basic photography workshops. I think lots of people up there have DSLR’s, but they have no idea how to use them, and not much opportunity to learn. It has always been one of my most successful classes, teaching people that, so I am going to try and see if people are interested in that.
I also really want to get back out to the salt lakes. I am fascinated by them and the surrounding areas, though not sure I want to be out in the evening with the mozzies. I will have to take lots of insect repellent with me.
The Hand of Man
I have never been a straight forward landscape person, I used to find it boring to take photos of just the landscape, however, recently, that has changed. I do enjoy doing them far more than I used to. Though, I can still walk around places and not find anything that inspires me.
So how do I find inspiration in the landscape?
I try and find my story, what I want to convey. Often the story has something to do with us, whether that is a building that has been left, or in an unusual place. Sometimes it is the environment that we have helped create. When I go up the Mallee these days, one of the things I notice is the strong influence that man has had on the environment up there.
The original settlers changed what it looked like completely and now the consequences of those things have started happening, like the salt. Once the trees were removed the water table rose, and then the salt did. There are many places in the Mallee, and other regions, that are trying to solve the problem of the salt in the ground and land that is now unusable because of it.
So, each time I go up there I am starting to understand that impact and the struggle that farmers and other people trying to make a living are having. My story is unfolding and revealing itself. It means I have a project to work on. I really want to keep going up there now to take photos and explore this area more. I want to find people who can help me with the history of the land, and others who can help to explain what is happening. This is my environmental project.
The biggest problem I have is from Parks Victoria, the government organisation responsible for maintaining all the National Parks in Victoria. I have been sending them emails to get information, find out if I can put the photos I take in the parks in a book or something like that, but so far they aren’t responding. It is so annoying, as I am trying to do the right thing, but then I get nothing back, no help. I will just have to keep trying.
Last weekend, remember I told you I was going to go to the beach to get some photos of waves. I had planned on going to Aireys Inlet, but then we got down the road and I realised I had forgotten my tripod, so we turned around to get it, and in the end decided to go to Sorrento instead. It was closer.
I played around there taking photos of waves in slow motion. I took a lot and some worked really well, some not so well. I am including some of the photos in this post. I made a couple into black and white to see how they would look. There is one with blurred clouds, I used my ND400 for that, it was a 3 minute exposure at sunset. Interesting how much the clouds move, I could have sworn they were staying still.
This reminds me to remind you that if you haven’t got your image in, then you are running out of time. I will start working on the post very soon.