I’ve now been back in Australia for longer than I was away on my recent research trip and have established a rhythm of writing, work and play. The challenge for me as a writer is to keep past experience fresh and uppermost in my mind and to prevent (or at least reduce) the dampening effect of time. I’ve spent many days categorising, backing up and enjoying the thousands of photographs taken. I’m posting trip photos and manuscript mini updates over on my facebook page if you’d like to take a peek.
This week I’m finishing an article about one of the locations I visited. The photographs I took on location are proving invaluable in mentally transporting me back to the picturesque episcopal castle. I’ll be including some of the best shots in the article to share the experience with readers. Out of necessity I had to be jack of all trades on the trip: location scout, navigator, driver, photographer, translator, porter, and writer. This was not the optimal approach and there were many shots I just couldn’t take because I didn’t have my photography partner (or even a willing assistant) with me. For someone of my build, lugging a lot of camera equipment around every single day is not practical. On the days when I had to rest my shoulders, I was still seeing crucial objects, buildings, and landscapes and needing to document them. So I did the best I could given the circumstances!
A camera phone image, while not nearly as detailed or effective in capturing ambience, is still helpful in triggering memory. The picture below brings a still sharper image into my mind and, if I concentrate, I can hear the sounds of the dining room and remember the tastes that I enjoyed there:
I am glad that I took most of the photographs on the digital SLR. I’ll be sharing those images with you in future posts. I’m developing my photographic skills and I have a number of people in my life who are much better at consistently taking good photos. I would have liked to pack them into my suitcase, so to speak, however our timing (and finances!) just didn’t line up for this trip.
Travelling solo did have an advantage: you could wake, move, and sleep according to your own flow. Rising early, before the morning light, allowed me to capture the impressive nature of the castle’s curtain wall without disturbing a soul.
I was happy with that shot.