Photographs from a Ferry Ride

Recently I was telling a group of photographers at the ARC Conference that “you are not a ‘photographer’, you are more than that.” I really believe this to be true. While we are passionate about our photography work (weddings, family photographs, long-term projects), we are so much more than just a camera person who takes these photos. We are human beings: artists who create with our cameras. And sometimes, this creating leads us to explore other areas other than those that we would normally do in our line of work.

A while back, I was taking photographs while taking a ferry ride over to Victoria… or could have been on the way back? It’s been a while so I can’t recall off the top of my head. Regardless, we were on the water and feeling my usual restlessness, I felt the need to run around on deck with a camera and take some photographs. I felt a strong urge to experiment and take photos that I normally wouldn’t take. I wanted to explore my world with my camera… so I did just that.

 One of the inhabited islands we passed?

One of the inhabited islands we passed?

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 I forget how powerful the waters can be sometimes. I just have to look down from the deck and I’m very quickly reminded.

I forget how powerful the waters can be sometimes. I just have to look down from the deck and I’m very quickly reminded.

 Another ferry passes in the distance.

Another ferry passes in the distance.

 I wonder if there was anyone on the other side of this window thinking it weird that I was taking their picture when I took this photograph of myself :)

I wonder if there was anyone on the other side of this window thinking it weird that I was taking their picture when I took this photograph of myself :)

 Reflective surfaces are great opportunities for selfies… er, I mean #selfies.

Reflective surfaces are great opportunities for selfies… er, I mean #selfies.

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 The passing ferry ship a little further into the distance. Now I understand what people mean by the phrase “two ships passing in the night”.

The passing ferry ship a little further into the distance. Now I understand what people mean by the phrase “two ships passing in the night”.