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Seeing through Black and White: Foggy Wenderholm Day

My lomographic journey covers the colourful journey of my family's development. But when I need a break from the noise and the craziness that goes with raising two young boys, it serves also as 'my time'.

Photo by adam_g2000

It’s the best thing about photography as a hobby, there is so much in this world to be recorded forever on the tangible medium of film. There are thousands and thousands of pictures on this site alone depicting the adventures of the photographers and the people around them. This particular story is about escaping from the drama of daily life.

Wenderholm is a park in Auckland that backs onto a beach. It’s a strange place, in that I’ve never visited it, no matter what time of year, when it’s actually been sunny or good weather. Without fail, there is drizzle, fog, rain and wind, even if it’s the thick of summer in the place you came from.

This was one such day, we’d come, as a family, to my son’s annual school picnic. There was upwards of a hundred children running around the park and after an hour or so, I needed a break. I left them to it and headed towards the beach.

I’m great at breaking rule 1. I often forget to take a camera with me. This time I had my latest acquisition, my Nikon F80 and a plan. There is always wonderful driftwood on Wenderholm, and I’ve always found it immensely soothing, relaxing, to drop down on my knees, crawl around and find the angles to shoot still life.

What came out of my short escape to the deserted beach was one of my most favorite albums. The pictures from which, you see here. Eventually I returned to the party, refreshed and ready for the obligatory tug-o-war!

I’ll leave you with a thought. I had a colleague once, who said something to me that I simply couldn’t believe at the time, we argued for hours. He said “Black and white serves no purpose, if colour film had been invented first there would be no black and white.” I think he’s right, there may have been no black and white, but how sad would the world be without black and white film, it’s ability to let us focus on texture, light and drama is a wonderful thing. These images wouldn’t be the same in colour.

written by adam_g2000

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