The other night my husband and I went for a late evening walk with the dog. It was just getting on dark and when we arrived the park looked pretty deserted save for a young couple we saw in the distance walking their dog….hang on…wait a minute…
“Is that a cat they’re walking?” I said to my husband..
I peered closer…
“No! It’s a fox! Oh my God….they’re walking a FOX!”
True enough…there they were with the most beautiful fox, on a harness just strolling through the park like there was nothing odd at all about this.
So…I ran after them and stopped them in their tracks and proceeded to gush all over their slightly alarmed fox, and then I was even brazen enough to ask “because I am a photographer” if I can come to their house to photograph this beautiful animal.
And…they said yes!
The things you see hey.
Last weekend we went away to Port Macquarie, just my husband and I for a little alone time…and what did I see as we were driving through the country side?
A herd of deer in someones front yard!
Unbelievable…especially because recently my daughter and I – as we have been playing around with all these fantasy type photo manipulations, have been saying how cool it would be if we could photograph some deer, but had no idea where we could find some. After all they are not native to Australia.
But…it’s like the universe heard us…and provided.
Though not without some work.
I sat in the sun…inadvertently on an ants nest, all the while being harassed through the fence by an over friendly goat who just wanted to eat my skirt, and waited ever so patiently to get these shots of the male deer.
How beautiful is he!
Now…have a look at what Shai did with the deer in a photomanipulation. Soooo magical.
Actually, just recently we have started a facebook page of all our fantasy/surrealistic/magical type photography and photo manipulations..
If anyone is interested we’d love for you to pop by and have a look at what we’re up to. It’s SO much fun and so creatively fulfilling.
Below are a couple of others I’ve been working on that Shai has helped me with the final finishing touches. She’s so clever and I’m learning so much from her.
I said to her today that all that pain I went though….unmedicated pain of labour (she was the only one I didn’t have an epidural with and my goodness…I still remember what it felt like… ) was SO worth it.
It’s just lovely when your kids can teach YOU things, and they ALL do, every one of them. Children truly are your greatest gifts.
“Nesting ground”. With my beautiful daughter Keira as the model. I thought she looked little bird like in this pose.
And “Clarity”. Rising above the murkiness of all that drags you under in life. With Shai as the model…
So funny isn’t it, how life steers you in a direction and then magically doors begin to open.
I had no idea that I would develop such an interest in all this creative fantasy photo manipulation stuff. No idea I could even begin to learn how, because techy things I really struggle with… but it seems that something was paving the way because even before I began to dabble and learn we had this huge overseas trip in the planning…
Later this year – in October, we are going on a trip to England, Ireland and Scotland…and guess what I’ll be doing? Photographing every castle, every magical animal, every beautiful landscape that I can find. It will be a feast for the eyes, and the imagination.