Prints on show at Now And Not Yet. / by Simon Ng

Now and Not Yet is a not-for-profit cafe in Warrandyte with an attached artist's studio, Creative Space. They are displaying several of my framed prints this month. Go there, oooh and aaah over them so the studio owners hear you, and then make a ridiculous offer for the set. Or at least buy a coffee. 

This is the second time I've exhibited my work (the first was at the Maitland International Salon), but the pieces are different and this time they are actually for sale. The first three are shown below, with a bit of a story about each:

Docklands at Night was taken in the middle of 2016. It was an opportune shot. I'd been to the same spot several times before and I knew the place well. When I left work one day and saw a dazzling sunset, I couldn't resist. 

Docklands at Night 

Docklands at Night 

When I arrived, the sky was ablaze, but that sort of sunset is brief. I went past a group of photographers shooting from the edge of the water through the moored boats, and they were getting the scene all brilliant scarlet. But it wasn't the best position. Visiting a spot multiple times pays dividends: you learn the places to be, the angles that work. I was looking for reflection, colour and geometry, and to get that in this spot you need to stand on Webb Bridge and you need a wide angle lens. So that is where I went. I sacrificed the scarlet sky for better composition.  

The end result: a lovely symmetry, strong geometric shapes and leading lines. The distant horizon remains ablaze, but near to us it darkens to velvety purple. The building light sparkles in the water and up above.  

Norman Beach was taken April 2016, when we stayed at Wilson's Promontory for our annual camping holiday. I woke well before everyone else and took off. For those that know Norman Beach, you'll appreciate how shallow it is: at low tide, the sand stretches for hundreds of metres out to sea and the water sits like a mirror on the surface, reflecting everything around.

Norman Beach

Norman Beach

I found a spot before dawn that looked towards the point and when I crouched low enough the reflection of the mountains emerged. I waited for the sun to rise above Mount Oberon; when it did I was gifted with a blaze of gold that lit the clouds. Again, like "Docklands at Night", the symmetry and the juxtaposition of colours are really satisfying for me. And knowing that it lasted a brief moment makes it even more special. 

Reflection in Water was taken a month or so ago at the Bay of Islands in Sorrento. I'd driven down very early in the morning, arriving before sunrise. It was a new place, so I really didn't know where to go or what I'd find. When the sun came up, I found myself looking out over large sandstone pillars rising from the ocean. I took plenty of photos of them, but it was only when two snorkellers came past, jumped the fence and climbed down to the beach that I realised I could get closer and lower. 

Reflections in Water

Reflections in Water

By the time I was down, the sun was getting pretty high, and everything was starting to look a bit uninteresting, but at the base of one of the sandstone pillars the waves were washing in and then draining out. The pillar itself was bathed in bright sunlight. Its reflection in the water played against the cool blue of the deeper pools and the pale white of the sand.  

I walked in (wearing waterproof hiking boots is always useful) and climbed onto a rock outcrop. The contours and valleys of the water as it drained by were beautiful and only momentary. The end result is abstract and quite painterly; it appeals to me especially because it isn't obviously of anything, and because it captures the surrounds but only indirectly, so that unless you were there you wouldn't know whether the gold was sunlight or something else entirely.


I plan on writing about the next three on display next week, so sign up if you'd like to her about it. After that, it will be an article on neutral density grad filters...exciting stuff!