Photographing Uncommon Beauty

Uncommon beauty illustrated in this photo of light shining through an abandoned shop window on the Gold Coast, Australia

Uncommon beauty illustrated in this photo of light shining through an abandoned shop window on the Gold Coast, Australia

Uncommon beauty, Gold Coast, Australia

The Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia is a popular tourist location for Aussie and overseas tourists alike. While not my idea of a holiday I have traveled to the Gold Coast on several occasions on business and have enjoyed making photos in town and hinterland alike.

This photo features a retail outlet just off the main drag in the Gold Coast. It's only a few minutes walk to the beach yet, due to a range of issues, tourism and property prices have been down over recent years. I was amazed at just how few tourists there were in town.

The Joy of Photography

Well, it's said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Of that I have no doubt. But I'd also say that there is a certain beauty within even the most banal scene. As always it's the transforming and transcendental nature of light that brings out the beauty in what would otherwise be a most unremarkable scene. And it does so in such a way that leads viewer and photographer alike towards new interpretations, understandings and realities beyond what's in front of the camera. For me that's the true joy of photography.

A Window Within a Window

Does not the backlit shop window remind you of the classic beauty within a stain glass window? Yes, we photograph faces, trees and buildings but, at a deeper level, we also photograph the light, shapes, colors, tones and textures that both underpin the design of our photos and, through gesture, symbolism and metaphor, point us towards more essential truths.

The relationship between reality, beauty and truth is perhaps the most amazing aspect associated with the art of photography. And why, for me, it has become a life long endeavor.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru