Back a few weeks ago I took a series of photos in the city of Perth. I was on my way to South Africa for work and had an 8 hour stopover. I wasn't going to miss this opportunity as the city centre along the Swan River is just a little bit amazing. As the blue hour roles on the lights of the CBD stretch across the water and pretty much explode in front of your eyes. One minutes it's a faint hint on the river surface, next minute it's the only thing you can see. Sure there's a lot more to look at but your eyes are drawn to the light reflections stretching across the water.
As the blue hour started to end the deep deep blue in the sky gives way to black, I pointed the camera just a little further down the river, to east Perth. A road hugs this straight part of the river, originally called Riverside Drive. Langley Park, a long grassy park sits just behind Riverside Drive and a long long line of high rise office blocks apartments backs up the whole image. The apartment blocks aren't as high as the skyscrapers in the centre of the city. Their reflections don't reach as far into the river as the CBD's. I was further away so I didn't think there was much to look forward to, but I got three or four shorts before I jumped on the ferry start the journey back to the airport.
I didn't look at those photos for a few weeks. Work took over my time, I had some family time and I spent about 50 more hours in transit. I just didn't get around to them. When I did I was shocked! The photos were much more subtle, much simpler, but they were exactly what I want when I try to get pics of cities at night. There was just enough colour, just enough reflection, just enough water and just enough sky.
It made me wonder about my journey and all the things I've probably missed. How often did I gloss over the beautiful for the glitzy or the grand. I'd gotten lucky this time but how many times had I not? Have I walked passed great possibilities and gotten nothing? Had I done it to people I should have looked a little deeper? Who knows the answer. But it goes to show there's a wonderful world out there, just a little further down the river.