To me, photography and sentimentality often walk hand-in-hand.
I love the feeling of nostalgia I experience when looking through old photographs.
Memories are powerful things, and I honestly feel that we, as photographers, don’t capture as many of our lives “ordinary events” as we should because we underestimate how valuable that photographic memento will become over time.
This issues article is a trip down memory lane for me; a behind-the-scenes look at an image which was created for the fun of it, but which has over the past few years become increasingly more valuable to me.
I moved to Auckland in the early part of 2011. Before this, I was living in Whangarei, and an active member of the Whangarei Camera Club.
One of the highlights on the club’s calendar is an annual weekend away to Tiri Tiri Matangi Island, an island bird sanctuary roughly 30 minutes by boat off Auckland’s east coast. Roughly 20 members would make the trip down to Gulf Harbour, board a ferry and spend Saturday and Sunday on the island, enjoying each other’s company, exploring the numerous tracks and photographing whatever took our fancy.
The image I’m sharing with you here was taken during our 2009 trip.
As the island is a bird-watchers paradise, most people on the trip are there to photograph the birds.
As I had been the year before, I knew full well that the patience for bird photography was something I just didn’t have.
So, on our 2009 trip, as I had recently become addicted to off-camera lighting, I went with the idea of furthering my flash photography.
I packed a bag full of triggers, gels, lights and batteries, hoping to spread the addiction.
And so, on the Saturday afternoon, a few of us found ourselves in the DOC accommodation with flashes, gels, and a soon to be less than cold fridge.
The idea initially was to see what effects we could get by placing a blue gelled flash and a fisheye lens inside the fridge.
A Canon 580EX Flash was placed in the fridge, camera-left, triggered with Elinchrom Skyports, which I was using at that stage to trigger my studio lights.
Our first attempt was a good start, but as it often is with an idea, you roll with what you get and refine things from there.