It’s super strange how one can visit a location many many times and not quite see it. I’ve visited Taylors Mistake beach heaps of times, at all times of the year, and in particular the more rocky side of the bay, but I’ve mostly with a digital camera in hand. I’ve captured people and place there and never quite been happy with the results because digital photography seems to insist that my work be quicker, and a more instant process, where I see experience environments differently. This pace is perfect for commercial work, but for the stuff I like to capture in my personal work, no so much. The images to date have not seemed to actually capture the feeling I have when at Taylors Mistake beach, with the organic colours, the remoteness, the obscurity. I’m really happy kind of meditating with the light along the coast at the moment, and at Taylors it really seemed to work for me this visit.
I’m really starting to enjoy documenting spaces, buildings, forms along the Godley Coast this year and I’m appreciative of how capturing time and place is important in this quickly changing world more than ever. In Taylors (like Boulder Bay) there are multiple baches at beach level, that are mostly vacant and derelict post-earthquakes. It’s quite an eerie feeling when you are alone. Images were shot with Fujifilm 400H and my stocks are severely low. I’ve got two rolls left and will be keeping it for the remainder of the shoots that I’ve got planted in this region. Once those rolls are gone, I guess that will be it for that stock, seeing as it is now discontinued.
I met a guy, Shaun who was diving for muscles and as we walked along the small sandy beach, I plucked up the courage and asked to capture his portrait. The result is not perfect I know, and in reflection I should have asked him to hold his diving goggles and snorkel for more context, but that beautiful larger format look really pops. It was shot at f3.5 on the Yashica635 and has such an interesting character at this aperture. It’s so dream like.