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Inspired in Brisbane Part 2

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Part 1: http://www.kenchuaphoto.com/inspired-in-brisbane

This has been a long overdue post. Sometimes all it takes is a moment like this to fire up the imagination and reignite a dying fire into a raging one. This moment in brisbane was exactly that kind of moment. I was inspired.

The trip to brisbane has not been going to plan from the moment we landed. The constant rain was an anomaly in the typical hot aussie summer. Add on the fact that most shops close early in Brisbane at like 5pm meant that our choices were limited. I remembered that this was our first night in Gold Coast after leaving Brisbane with a heavy heart of missing out on skydiving due to bad weather. (we went back on another day but the gods were still not in our favour) There was still a light drizzle and we drove out the nearby beach to take a walk. I remembered it was late at night close to 11pm when we reached the beach. It was dark and there was virtually no one else in sight. The light drizzle and cool sea breeze was a perfect combination. There was a strange sense of calm despite the raging waves yet solitude despite I was there with my two travel buddies. In all sense, everything came together in that moment. There was this spot on the beach that had two huge floodlights illuminating the sands and there I stood, taking this photo with the floodlights behind me, creating the beautiful shadow and the raging waves were smoothed out by the long exposure creating a beautiful pattern of nature. Staring at the horizon, I was inspired. The pitch black horizon meant to me how uncertain the future holds and the obstacles that were in front of me could be surmounted using the right technique. In a sense everything came together at that moment.

 

Inspired in Brisbane

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I remembered peering out of the airplane window upon landing and thinking to myself, this looks like a total opposite of Singapore. Stepping out into the airport terminal at around 12 plus midnight, it was like the city was deep in slumber and I was an unannounced visitor, slipping pass the immigration gates. Together with my 2 travel buddies, we went to pick up our rented car for this trip. The feeling of cold emptiness persisted throughout the ride, as once again my eyes were greets by sights of darkness and empty streets.

Upon reaching our accommodation at around 2.30am, I was restless despite the lack of sleep and was eager to explore the streets even thou there was a light drizzle. It was a Sunday night, Boxing day, and the streets were empty save for a few partygoers who have decided that it was the end of their night. After getting some drinks and a local sim card from 7-11, I was back to exploring the streets. I ended up on Chinatown and right behind me was this beautiful scene that stopped me in my tracks. I was truly amazed by the peace and tranquility I felt despite being tired and cold.

Sometimes it’s not about getting the perfect shot, it’s about trying to capture the feeling of the place. Whenever I look back at this photograph, despite the fact that this was a photograph with imperfections, yet I always get transported back in time to the feeling of being at that street in Brisbane, under the light drizzling rain, feeling cold, tired, a sense of cold emptiness and the peaceful silence of the night accompanying my first encounter of Brisbane.

The rest of the trip was a total different story but that is a story best told in person. 😉

Ken
ken@kenchuaphoto.com