Oxidisation of the Dream


Shadows, cast by clouds

Fever dreams haunt memories

Time erodes all fears.

River Gum Reflected


Gum tree on the Robe River, draped in the setting sunlight.

The Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The first time I happened upon this tree I was captivated by the unique shape of it and the weathered and gnarled trunk covered in rough bark peeling like ancient paper. At the tail end of the wet season, some water left in the river enabled this scene to unfold. I had revisited this particular tree a couple of times with this image in mind, the last light of the day penetrating the surrounding trees and between distant hills to light the scene ever so briefly, before the silent twilight took hold.


Advancing Tide

Advancing Tide

I captured this image as the sun set in northern Tasmania, at a place called Low Head where I spent much of my childhood. I found this rock formation after walking up and down the shoreline a few times, looking for a scene that caught my eye. I was seeking to capture a feeling of timelessness and nostalgia and a sense that the viewer had been there before. Much like the tide had been there before, advancing and retreating for an eternity. I found two spots, one with a series of craggy rocks covered in bright orange lichen, and then this scene. The decision was made as the sun retreated towards the horizon, like an eye heavily  burdened  with the weight of a days toil. The light was shifting towards warm tones and the cool blue of the water provided a nice contrast to that colour. The shape of the rocks captivated me also, showing a resilience and strength in the face of the never ending ebb and flow of the often tempestuous Bass Strait.

I hastily set up the tripod with what I gathered was about five minutes of warming light, a fleeting moment before the cool blue tones of twilight would take hold. I normally prefer to be set up with the view camera and have my composition locked down well before I actuate the shutter, in this instance I was setting up with a speed I would normally reserve for a digital set up. I managed to select my lens (90mm), adjust my depth of field and compose the frame in time. I attached my cable release and looked over my shoulder at the setting sun, at the last minute I released the shutter.

This image was captured using a Toyo Field 45AII and a Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm f4.5 on Fujichrome Velvia 50 4×5 film.