I see it is exactly one year since I started this blog. I’d like to thank all those readers and commentators who have made writing about this photographer’s life, so much fun in the past twelve months.
Now in my 68th year, I find that there is still a lot of life left in this particular photographer. I’m about to embark on a major project; probably my biggest assignment ever, photographing the subject of work. (See This Working Life). This should see me traversing almost the entire continent (Australia) over the next 12 months. I’m sure it’s going to provide many anecdotes and a load of good pictures.
I’ll tell you more when it gets under way…
WARNING: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN STRONG SENTIMENTALITY. If you are allergic to such, please come back in a few days when there will be more down-to-earth postings.
Twenty years ago, on the 20th of January 1990, my wife Sulyn and I celebrated our wedding on Sydney harbour on the 127 foot, square rigged schooner, Solway Lass. Discovering that she was now cruising the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, I booked a three day cruise on her for a second honeymoon.
This is Suzi giving her impression of a ship’s figurehead as I, with 10-20mm Sigma on my Nikon D90, nervously coax the bosun in closer under the bowsprit.
Did we have a good time? I think the smiles in this photo, as we cut a surprise chocolate cake presented to us by the crew, say it all. The 20th January, 2010 was in the words of Lou Reed “One perfect day”.
Sulyn raises a glass of champagne as we cut our anniversary cake. Topping and tailing 20 years together with two superb parties on the Solway Lass was just...neat!
Solway Lass’ Skipper Paul Creswell, was not just chosen for his film star good looks, he is also a skilled mariner and a charming host.
Skipper, Paul Cresswell, steers the Solway Lass to a safe anchorage in the late afternoon sun.
To describe the trip without resorting to hyperbole is just not possible. Sulyn says she has to keep pinching herself to believe that only four days ago she was diving alongside Green Turtles in the Whitsundays. All I can say is that I’m not going to wait 20 years before I go back…sometimes this photographer’s life reaches near perfection.