The last photo in the 5 Day Black-and-White Challenge is somewhat different. I found out that during the past few years I started to develop a certain style of photography – a style that increasingly showcases details, close-ups and portraits of animals and plants. I also discovered I find myself less confident when taking photos of landscapes or bigger subjects, resulting in my shots never really telling a story within that broader context – I guess this is exactly the reason I like to elaborately tell the stories behind my photos.
But this photo is different as it does tell a story. That is because my wife Anita has taken it. Anita is a great photographer, and whenever I leave the camera alone in an unattended moment she’ll grab it and starts playing around. Her photos are totally different as she simply sees things that I don’t. Where I probably would have focused on this gull’s brightly coloured beak Anita focuses on the bird drinking from a leaking tap. It just illustrates how people look at the same things differently.
The story of this photo is obvious – Australia is a dry land with scarce fresh water supply and this seagull at Monkey Mia takes every opportunity to drink from a leaking tap near the beach where people wash off the sand from their feet. But for me it also illustrates another kind of thirst: our thirst for wildlife and the outdoors. When you look at this blog you might think that we do nothing else than roaming through the bush in search for the next thrill, in contrary, we both have full-time jobs and work really hard to live our dream. However, whenever we get the chance we squeeze every bit of adventure out of the time we get – just as the seagull makes the most of just that one single drop.
In order to keep the Black and White fun going I would like to invite one of our new but very loyal friends to join in. Inger and Tor from Girl Gone Expat live in Alberta, Canada, from where they explore to what I reckon is one of the last wild frontiers on our planet. I’m pretty sure that their awesome photos will translate beautiful in black and white. Thanks for all your support over the last months guys!