There’s certain parts of the world I can visit over and over. There are also places I want to visit again and again but the opportunity, as of yet, hasn’t presented itself. With unlimited budget I could spend the rest of my life revisiting the places I’ve been and be more than happy.
Sometimes the reason for a revisit is the way that particular place makes me feel. I just feel comfortable there. Something about that place puts me at ease and I feel grateful just being there. As a result I fell grateful for the many blessings and for some strange reason, I feel grateful for the kicks up the arse that have taught me a million lessons as well.
Sometimes the reason for the return is the opportunity to take another photo. Maybe the conditions weren’t right, I got there at the wrong time or I just liked the place and decide to go do it again. Very often (like this time) I want to try a different style of photo. Occasionally it’s all those reasons. The location and I have a connection and I want to take another round of photos. Sometimes you just need a little patience. Or a lot.
On a chilly night when I was back in Sydney, I got the chance to revisit Homebush Bay and the remains of the SS Ayrfield. The Ayrfield is a lesser known icon of Sydney Harbour. Around the time I was born, the Ayrfield which was built around 1911 was scuttled for parts and left in the upper reaches of the bay. Nature being nature, said “I’ll have that” and began reclaiming the remains of the ship. Since the 1990’s the area around the bay has been the redeveloped for housing with a lot of open land hugging the shore. It’s a mini city within the city.
I’d been there a bunch of times, but never got the conditions for the shot I wanted. Too much light or rough water we’re normally the problem. They were ok photos but not what I wanted. This is an iconic shot for any photographer who visits Sydney. The only solution was keep trying, keep going back and hopefully, the colour, the water and the light would all come together.
Patience is a wonderful thing.