Abalone Cove is probably one of the most beautiful and stimulating places I have ever visited. Before I became a photographer I wanted to be a marine biologist... now I think I want to be a psychologist but all three are just self-serving excuses to do what I love.
The last year has been really hard on me… I went through a long bout of un-employment, lost some loved ones, ended a relationship… the usual. The first time I came here I was with my boyfriend at the time and things were falling apart just below the surface. Despite our issues I appreciated his effort to do something special and different for a change and fell in love with the tidepools.
My schedule has picked up soon and my life had gone from depression keeping me from doing the things I love to lack of free time keeping me from doing what I love. I saw a post on LAist that the year’s lowest tides were coming up that weekend and immediately knew where I would enjoy it! My friend Anna is a real naturalist and all I had to do was send her the link about low tide and she was in.
By Friday the forecast was rain all weekend but I was determined to still go out. Anna was skeptical, but the come-and-go rain clouds Saturday morning gave us enough ammunition to head on down. It was beautiful. The clouds were huge and varied in size and shape. The choppy water sprayed and the sea slugs were out in force.
All of these photos were taken with the Lubitel 166+. Most are taken with Kodak 400VC with the exception of a black and white mystery roll with no label. It was my first time using the camera and my fascination with the viewfinder got me through the frustrating first hour of getting accustomed to the controls. By the end of the day I was in love.
Places like this, an escape from the city and a connection to nature; cameras like this that slow you down and force you to look at the world from a new angle… these are things that keep me grateful.