Photography Brings People Together

Afterglow following a spectacular sunset above Mitre Peak on Milford Sound in Otago, New Zealand.

Photography is many things: hobby, passion, craft, art. It’s a meld of technology and art and, as such, is its own special king of alchemy.

While often a solo pursuit photography can also bring folks together. Camera clubs, professional associations and online communities are examples of the power of photography to bridge barriers and form connections.

The practice and appreciation of photography allows us to undertake the following endeavors:

  1. Explore subject matter and, in doing so, ourselves
  2. Look at the world around us in a deeper, more intuitive manner
  3. Question our relationship with the natural world and our link with the sublime.   

A Photographers Delight

Milford Sound is a huge body of water on the South West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s an extremely beautiful location, though it does rain there most days of the year. I arrived just before the sunset and was treated to a wonderful display that continued onto the spectacular afterglow showcased in the above photo.

One of the advantages associated with photographing so far from the equator is that light tends to linger at this time of day. Your opportunities for photography will be greatly enhanced compared to the speed at which the sun sets closer to the equator. 

A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To The Sunset

Actually it was at this very spot where I made a new friend. I had parked my car a few hundred meters away and immediately knew where I wanted to be to photograph the sunset. However, as I approached I became aware that there was another photographer already there. I hung back in a forested area, just before the mudflats to which I was heading, thinking I should let him make his own photos without interruption. I did get concerned when it was evident he wasn’t going to move.

What’s more he was talking, constantly, and at a volume that seemed inappropriate for such a sublime location. I soon realized that he was making a video so, again, I waited.

Once he’d finished I moved out of the trees and began to set up my tripod nearby. Exercising what I hope was an appropriate degree of photographer’s edict, I excused myself by saying something like ”I hope you don’t mind, I’II be sure to stay out of your way”.

He responded very positively. I then recognized him and greeted him again by name. He came over to shake my hand. It was Trey Ratcliff, a great guy and a really genuine bloke who I’ve kept in touch with and am happy to call friend.

It was a truly spectacular sunset and afterglow, all the more fun to be sharing it with a kindred spirit. We met again for drinks later that night, where we were joined by Trey’s intern as well as my traveling companion, Joseph, and again the next morning between a sunrise photography session and a tour of the sound I was about to embark upon.

Announcing New Zealand Photography Collection

At thirty-eight photos my New Zealand Photography Collection is significantly expanded and features images from Queenstown, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Milford Sound. More photos, including some from that spectacular boat tour of the sound, will be added over time.

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Glenn Guy, Travel Photography Guru