The Lone Surfer was one of the first photos I took on our arrival back in Australia from Dubai. It's a personal fave, and was taken in Lorne, Victoria on a family holiday with friends. I recently revisited it to try and figure out if I liked the colour version. I have always seen it in Black + White so I thought I'd play around with colour. It felt old to me, I think because of the surfboard... it's got a vintage feel. So that's what I went with.
What do you think?
Some of my most favourite images are only available to buy as small acrylics. Lone Surfer is one of them. They look great on a desk or mantel and serve to let your imagination wander. Check this one out in the shop.
I first visited Melbourne in the late '90s when I worked at Fairfax. My time was split between The Age Building on Spencer St and our printer out at Noble Park. While I loved the people at Noble Park, I infinitely preferred being in the City. Sometimes I could steal an hour or two to wander through the laneways. I imagined living in a city that experienced all the seasons... For me, a coffee on Degraves St, sitting under the heaters outside, wrapped in a coat, and popping a blanket over my knees made me feel like a local and provided the perfect spot for people-watching.
I imagined experiencing cold Winters and wearing boots and Winter coats (which just doesn't happen in Sydney). I couldn't have known that all these years later I would end up living in Melbourne for 5 incredible years.
Admittedly the time flew by, and as always, I didn't do all the things I planned to do before we left in 2017. But I still love those laneways and visit them anytime I'm there. As a photographer, they provide the perfect backdrop for street photography.