Kingston Beach Contact Sheet by Jacob Lucas

 

A nice afternoon stroll along peaceful Kingston Beach.

 

This year, I'm a part of a project where every image shot for the project is restricted to one camera, one lens. It's called WE35, and the goal of the project is both to help each participating photographer expand their creative eye, while also contributing to a global visual exploration of our world. Each month a field report is filed, aggregating everyone's images together to share.

This month, the goal was to shoot as though you had a single roll of film. 36 exposures. Build a contact sheet. No post-processing.

Did I say no post-processing?! You betcha.

My contact sheet is above, with just 35 exposures because sometimes you get shorted and that's how it goes.

This series of images was taken from a small photo walk around my original home town of Kingston, Tasmania. It was kind of wonderful to return to the town I was born in, with my camera, exploring it as though I was seeing it for the first time. It's such a small, quaint, peaceful little town, anchored by a beautiful beach. The shoreline has a pub, a couple of coffee shops and restaurants, and lots of bungalow style homes along the way.

It's a very different way of life here compared to living in a big city, and it's kind of amazing to experience.

If you have a chance, head on over to the WE35 page and check out the work going on there. We've got photographers from all around the US and all around the world shooting along with us, each of us with our own unique view of the world.

Old Gum Trees by Jacob Lucas

 

The blue mountains was a wonderful part of Australia to visit and experience. I'd never really spent a lot of time (prior to this trip) in any wooded areas of Australia. Walking around this part of the country did feel a little like the forest areas of Washington, in that it was nice to be around the trees and feeling completely enveloped by them as you walked around. However, there was definitely an Australian feel to the area because of these beautiful white bark gum trees, and the smell of eucalyptus in the air.

Atop of the lookout at The Three Sisters, there's a vast panoramic view of the valley below, looking out & down into the forest. Along the cliff edges of the valley, you get a great look at how these gum trees peek up into the canopy of the woods, and out into view. They're wonderful to look at, and draw inspiration from.

 

Down The Beach by Jacob Lucas

 

 

It's where you go on the weekend with your mates.

It's where you go for a surf after the sea breeze came up strong enough to kick up a decent swell.

It's where you go on a summer evening to watch the sun go down with someone special.

It's where you go for a run.

It's where you go to chill out after a long week at work.

It's a place that no matter what was on your mind, it always finds a way to listen.

It's a way of life, and deeply set in our culture.

It's Australian. And no matter where we live or where we come from, we never forget.

Happy Australia Day -- head down the beach and get amongst it.