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Sunday, 13 November 2011

The allure of Anglesea

Travel Photography - Photo Walk

By Darren Stones

The twisting coastline along the Great Ocean Road is an alluring environment for travel photographers wanting to connect with the characteristics of nature. A visit to this region allows the photographer the opportunity to become immersed in the relaxed seaside atmosphere, and to see that magical light during the afternoon golden hour. For the photographer who prefers to pace themself at a slower speed during their travels, this can be a rewarding experience both spiritually and photographically.

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In the Surf Coast resort town of Anglesea, travel photographers can access photogenic points of the landscape that are within easy walking distance from where the Anglesea River meets the ocean. With each step the photographer creates a new connection with the landscape, and a new perspective presents itself for interpretation.

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Sometimes we can get overwhelmed by the pace of life and there is a tendency to not see what we are looking at. By leaving home for a while, we do allow ourselves the scope to connect with nature and the landscape. We can begin to feel at ease and sense our photographic creativity emerging.

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For a travel photographer, connecting with the landscape can be a spiritual experience and it can help lead to making photographs that are pleasing to the eye. By closing your eyes, listening to the sounds, and feeling the earth through your feet, you can become more aware of what is happening around you.

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In this fast-paced age, I think we can become consumed by information overload, and it is best to allow ourselves the basic pleasure of putting ourselves amongst nature.

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Recently, I visited Anglesea as part of a self-planned photographic trip, and I found myself better connecting with the landscape of the town. In years gone by, I had travelled through here without taking reasonable time to familiarise myself with the nuances and terrain. Having parked the car, I set out to explore the details and shapes. I soon discovered the curve of the river waterline, the grasses blowing in the breeze, the clouds dancing across the sky, and tree branches growing at angles.

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As the afternoon light highlighted the shapes of the landscape, my sense of belonging became more tangible. I felt worthy of being there and it was a privilege to photograph such scenery. The sun was getting closer to the horizon and I knew my photographic time on that day was almost complete. But it wasn't, because I continued to explore and found the light of dusk just as enjoyable. I discovered another perspective and believe it was due to being in a relaxed state of mind.

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