My lovely friend Kim recently moved up to Snells Beach after living down on the South Island for a year or so. This is the first time I’d seen Kim since I left New Zealand nearly five years ago now, and the first time I’d ever actually been right up to the beach. The house they are renting is part of a vineyard farm estate, the views over the ocean are beautiful. The ocean was a picture to look at every day.
It was so great to see Kim again, and to meet her fella for the first time, many glasses were raised! I spent quite a lot of hours down on the beach, taking photographs. Unfortunately one of the most significant things that happened whilst I was staying at Snells for the week, was receiving the devastating news that my Uncle Jeff had passed away. I was absolutely gutted when I found out, and struggled pretty hard to make any sense of anything for a few days. I felt so homesick, and still even now can’t really get my head around the fact that Uncle Jeff won’t be there this time when I get home. One thing I did get inspiration from was the ocean. I was so grateful to be in that location at that time. I found solitude there. I had time to think. Having my camera there was like a form of therapy, a kind of escapism. These photographs will always remind me of how precious life is, and what it feel like to loose something you love. They will also remind me how beautiful the world in which we live is, and how you must live each day like it’s your last, and never ever take anything for granted.