It will be many years before I forget this sunset, that sentiment was reinforced a few months ago. It wasn’t because the sunset was so powerful or stunning that the image of it has been imprinted in my mind. It’s simply the place, events and people. I remember as we arrived at the top of the cliffs above Port St Johns, Gumby jumped out of the car and shouted “get your cameras take a photo of that”. “Photo of what?”,”The fucking sunset” Gumby shouted back. It wasn’t only that moment, later on that evening we had to break into the car cause someone had locked the car with the keys in the ignition. A few days before we were up on the hill Gumby had prodded a shark away from what I thought was going to be my end.
Very often it’s not the moment that you press the shutter that you’ll remember, it’s the circumstance. In this instance it was all about the great company and the sense of adventure of diving the sardine run. In other cases it may be the hardship you go through to get to the location from where you take a photo. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy photography so much. The photographs remind me of the circumstances that I’ve been in.
It’s with great sadness that I found out that Gumby passed away on the 20th of February.
I’ve had many reminders in recent months of how short life really is, and that if you have a dream you should go and live it and try your hardest to achieve it.
One of my dreams is to travel the world and take a memorable photo in every country that exists and share it with the world. Having a dream like this and actually accomplishing it are two very different things. I have no idea how I’ll achieve it. It is at the moment only a dream, and has yet to become a plan. I’ve travelled enough to know what taking on something like this would mean and I don’t plan on accomplishing it in the next few years, I just hope that I can get close to realising my dream before my time is up and I join Gumby.
I’m generally a quiet person and like to keep my ideas, thoughts and dreams to myself. I’m not really sure why I’m sharing this now, I guess it’s time for me to step out of my comfort zone and get off my lazy ass.
It has taken me over a month to push the publish button on this post. I started writing it a few days after I found out about the incident. Sharing something like this is definitely outside my comfort zone!
Gumby is the little guy second from the right in this photo.
Here’s a shot of the memorable sunset, I posted a similar photo from this same evening last year sometime. A friend commented that the clouds looked like they were painted, I think that effect comes from the fact that there was alot of smoke in the sky. It was the season that they burn grass in South Africa, just before the rains come, they do this all over the african continent. They do it so the new grasses come quicker.