Oregon received about a weeks worth of freezing temperatures, causing the beautiful Columbia River Gorge to become a zoo of photographers, each doing their best to capture this rare event.
The freeze lasted long enough to get some really good ice buildup on the myriad of waterfalls easily accessible from the highway. With the absence of precipitation, the roads remained clear and easily navigable. The longer the cold lasted, the more ice was built up, and the more that the creeks started to freeze over.
I entered Oneonta Gorge three times in a matter of days trying to get conditions that set it apart from the rest of the year. This location is popular in the summer as the low flow allows thousands of men, women, and even children to wade upstream to the beautiful waterfall at the end. It's a cool and refreshing activity and I'm ESTATIC that I have something like this so close to home.
The winter flow is different. It's deeper. Bone chilling. To get this shot I had to bust through thick ice in order to wade upstream, cross over a very large and icy log jam, dip back into the creek, and venture under walls with overhanding ice that would come crashing down every once in a while. It's a sight not many people get to see and I worked meticulously to capture every detail. I can't wait to print this the size of a building.
I still think that the image I'm chasing of Oneonta Gorge in a freeze is still out there. It might even be in my other files from this shoot.. which was on the morning of peak conditions. It was a Monday Morning. I spent 6 hours standing in icy streams, using my camera, and being in tune with nature.
What did you do on Monday Morning?
This is one of the only two Apostles that are accessible on the beach in the Port Campbell National Park which is famous for the 12 Apostles - a collection of offshore eroded limestone seastacks along the Great Ocean Road.
- Ricardo Da Cunha Photo ImagesOwner, 2008 - present
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Motivation for the Beginnings:
I believe our existence has a purpose. I believe our only true obligation in life is to listen to our heart and discover what it is that we're here for. I'm here to help conserve our remaining wilderness areas by inspiring people to experience the scenes I've witnessed. By doing so I hope to raise our awareness of the importance of conservation and to ultimately influence changes in our attitudes.
The Present Direction:
As my photography evolves I now aim to produce images that more closely reflect on the person I am. Today I aim to produce images with a vision to inspire people to simplify their existence and appreciate the very few things that truly bring happiness into our lives. Therefore my images now portray a more minimalist and simplistic style. They aim to simplify the complicated mess that a landscape can be and focus on trying to capture space, light and textures. Long as I remember I've subconsciously tried to simplify everything in my life, one of my core values, and so incorporating this approach into my photography has been a natural progression. It's this underlying vision that guides all the choices I make in my photography today along with a willingness to experiment to try and create something new.
- Monash UniversityMultimedia, 2002 - 2005