“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” Ansel Adam
Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about my photography… and wanting to get back into creating beautiful images of the places I travel to… I guess because I’ve spent the last seven years focusing on reading and writing words (as editor of the Victorian RSL’s membership magazine) and now I just feel like a change.
So, the first step I’ve taken is to create a little photography blog on the side – www.kgrahamjourneysphotos.wordpress.com. I’m currently posting on that site a lot more frequently than I am here… because that is where my heart is… for now!
““But don’t worry,” she continued. “Most snakes don’t want to hurt you. If you’re out in the bush and a snake comes along, just stop dead and let it slide over your shoes.” This, I decided, was the least-likely-to-be-followed advice I have ever been given.”
Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country
Late last year I was commissioned by Australian Geographic to write an article about the Great East Rail Trail Ride. It was my fourth visit to this stunning rail trail and the second time I’d participated on the Great East Rail Trail Ride (see my previous blog: East Gippsland Rail Trail Ride). But, somehow, this time felt different; I guess because I was writing my first article for Australian Geographic. It was super exciting!
And the ride went really well – beautiful scenery, perfect weather for cycling and no major mishaps – until day three. Then we were cycling through denser sections of forest and there was a lot more debris on the track. I was cautious on the downhill sections and looked out for obstacles on the trail. After riding about 20 kilometres, I was about to cycle over a small branch when I saw the branch move.
It WAS NOT a branch. It WAS a brown snake!
“The candle symbolises light in the darkness of life; especially individual life, illumination. It is also the symbol of illumination of the spirit of truth.” White Night Melbourne
Thousands of LED lights float in the moat of the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). It’s beautiful. Mesmerising. But, then it’s heartbreaking. As you hear the voices of refugees.
“This is for us who sing, write, dance, act, study, run and love
and this is for doing it even if no one will ever know
because the beauty is in the act of doing it.
Not in what it can lead to.” Charlotte Eriksson
Recently, I read this gorgeous poem by Charlotte Eriksson… and it really struck a chord. Writing and photography have always been my passions (along with travelling). I can lose myself in those worlds… I’ll be writing or working on photos, and time evaporates… I forget to eat… but it dosen’t matter… for in that moment, my soul is satisfied.
“It may be true that portrait photography cannot really describe a subject’s personality in any significant way. Snapshots work only because the viewer is a friend or family member and is thus being reminded, not informed. What portraits can do however is evoke humanity, they can allow a contact, a recognition of human experience.” Greg Neville
I remember examining the question “what is portraiture” at college back in the early 1990s and I came to the conclusion that this was entirely up to the person creating the artwork. And I think my early photographs were just as much self-portraits, as they were portraits of my friends and families. Whatever the result, the experience of creating these portraits holds a lot of meaning and joy for me.