the ShellGoat Island Marine Park:The story of one photographer's journey thus far.
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This story and photo only exists because Trey Ratcliff chose to lead the life he does. I returned to photography at age 60 inspired by his work and absolutely loving the new journey.
The conversation goes like this;
This photo was taken in 1/160 of a second but now will live forever on the net and even on my wall.
The Shell is a bronze sculpture installed to mark the birth of this Bay as New Zealand's first Marine Park back in 1975.
The rocks and the sculpture can be completely covered by water when storms hit the area but it has remained steadfast for 38 years.
I have been coming to this bay since the mid 1960's and in 1975 when I first saw this sculpture I knew it would make a great photo subject.
So why has it taken 38 yrs? for many reasons mainly I had a vision but did not have the skills, the mentors or the capacity to realise a photo like this.
Many things are required to come together to make this shot work, the sun is only in this position mid winter, the tide needs to be 3 quarters full and there needs to be sufficient sea swell for the spray to be blown up from the crevices in the rock.
Perhaps most importantly I had to be there when all this occurred.
Its hard to explain the emotions I felt when I checked my LCD after taking the shot and realised that a vision I had for a photograph 38 years ago was now realised.
To me this photo and the journey to get it , along with the subject, is a metaphor for my life. I acknowledge the artist who thought of creating a sculpture that could live in the tidal flow where land meets the sea. He or she created the artwork, my job as a photographer, my challenge, is to tell you the story of their vision in my own way.
I hope the sculpture would be proud of this record of their efforts for this is the life I choose to lead.
Where did I develop the skills I needed to get and process this capture ?- by watching and following and asking questions of the many great photographers on G+. Thank you all who have encouraged me, published your how to guides on the web, accepted me into your circles + and shared my posts and critiqued my work.
I still have a long way to go but with this shot I feel I am near the end of the beginning.