Old Byron Lighthouse
Its funny, I have been going to Byron Bay since I was born yet I have never really photographed it. Maybe it’s because I have so many fond memories of the place that I have never really stood back and looked at it from a photographers perspective, maybe its just because every time I am there I get caught up in the atmosphere and in having to much fun to find the time to take photos. Maybe its just because I don’t feel that my photos would in my eyes do the place justice so I just leave it as a memory in my head.
This time around I was in Byron for less than 24 hours visiting my uncle and aunty so I didn’t really get the opportunity, however I did manage to get up for sunrise on the promise of a beautiful show. The sunrise that I’d hoped for didn’t eventuate but it didn’t matter, there is something about being up on the headland at first light that brings a sense of meaning to your life. I think there is something special knowing that you are one of the first people in the country to see the new day break.
This shot has been done a million times over, but in all seriousness I have been going to Byron for 31 years and this is my first time I have photographed the lighthouse. The colours were pretty flat so I decided to convert it to an old school photograph as I remember my dad and uncle showing me photos of Byron from when they were boys and man has it grown over the years. In a way it has somewhat lost its charm for those who knew it years and years ago, I guess now you just have to know where to look.