Well I am home sweet home and it feels pretty damn good. There is nothing quite like coming home and collapsing on to your own bed. The smell of familiar cotton and washing powder is somehow comforting.
This trip was a work trip but I was lucky enough to fit in some me time too. For those of you following me on Facebook and Instagram, you would have seen that there was more than enough Speedo time to go around.
Airlie beach is full of back packers and holiday makers. In between photo shoots I got to spend my time of enjoying the sun, perving on hot european boys, swimming in the Lagoon and getting to do what I love most… taking pictures.
It’s rare that the we really get the chance to make work into play and play into work. I have considered myself very lucky this week. I still have to deliver the final images so it’s back to business as usual but I’m feeling optimistic again. One of the things that I decided to do to bring some balance back in to my life was to tune out, and sitting on the balcony overlooking the awesome view of Airlie and reading a book was one of the best things I did all week. Having an awful internet connection really was a gift because it forced me to find other things to do with my time and made me more aware of when I was just staring blankly at the screen.
The weather was beautiful and while I was disappointed that I didn’t get time to visit the Great Barrier reef the whole trip felt as much like a holiday as it did work. Photographing resorts although fairly dry at times, is also lot of fun and I didn’t miss out on seeing any sun while getting to photograph some beautiful views.
I even got to reconnect with a few things that I have been missing lately. One of them being fish and chips. It’s such a small thing but finding good fish and chips in Melbourne is not easy. I got to enjoy some night time swimming with a cute dark haired German back packer and finally got to see a solar eclipse, easily one of the highlights of my trip.
There is nothing in the world that makes you feel quite as insignificant as a solar eclipse. As I sat and watched the sun slowly vanish behind the moon the warmth and colour seemed to go out of everything. I was seeing something that people had been seeing with the same human eyes for thousands and thousands of years and I suspect with no less wonder. It was a moment I’ll never forget.
A lot of people asked me about whether I took photo’s. I didn’t. Sometimes that best thing a photographer can do is put the camera down and just enjoy the moment for themselves. The camera can often be a disconnection from the world and there are moments that need to be fully appreciated. This I think makes a better photographer. Empathising with a situation gives you new insight in to capturing it. One day I’ll take a photo of an eclipse and I’ll remember how it felt to see it for the first time and I believe the picture will be better for it.
Till next time friends.