a leap of faith
A warm day and school holidays brought out lots of beach-goers last Thursday to Frankston and, I’m sure, to anywhere else near the water.
These guys were very happy to have their pictures taken doing what they were doing anyway. In fact everyone last Thursday seemed to be far more interested in what they were doing than worrying about a photographer - and often what they were doing revolved around taking pictures of each other with their phones anyway (as in the background of this picture).
So I plan to continue over the next however long while looking for more opportunities to photograph various kinds of activities being undertaken. I do find it interesting to reflect on how we spend both our work and leisure time, and would be interested to see what a series of photographs showing this could tell us about ourselves. A look at, in effect, who we are.
Partly this is a result of looking at a couple of older books where photographers and/or photojournalists did just as I propose - took photographs of people engaged in whatever activity they were involved with at the time. A couple of these books, A Day In The Life of Australia from 1981 and The Australians from 1966, show an Australia that is in many ways substantially different from the one we recognize now.
Yet I’d consider that the kind of activity shown in the photo I took this week could have come from any age, at least as far back as I can remember. So regardless of the changes our society goes through, there is a strong thread of continuity in who we are.
These are the sorts of things I really feel I’d like to explore. I certainly hope everyone is as cool as they were at Frankston during the week!