May 162014
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“Here’s a toast to the host,
Of those who love the vastness of the sky,
To a friend we send a message of his brother men who fly.
We drink to those who gave their all of old,
Then down we roar to score the rainbow’s pot of gold.”
~ from the US Air Force song by RM Crawford 1938

I grew up in a small flat in Sydney’s heavily populated Eastern Suburbs.  At every opportunity we would go to Bondi Beach and spend many weekend hours there – in the water, by the water, on the water’s edge.   I have lived in New Zealand now for 30 years – on the coast at Plimmerton, north of Wellington, when I first arrived and now in Hanmer Springs in the mountains.  Whenever I have an opportunity to go to the coast, any coastline, I make my images from the water’s edge looking towards the wide blue yonder.  I had an opportunity recently to visit Kairaki Beach, where I had never been despite driving past the turn off at least twice a week for the last 20 years!

The wildness of the environment there and the sense of freedom I felt while walking along that water’s edge reminded me of that wild coast I fell in love with when I first arrived in New Zealand.

It’s all about the Space.

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  11 Responses to “It’s all about the space – Barbara Burry”

  1. A sea and sky to dream in Barbara.

  2. It is all about the space. The space we are in, the space we want to be in. The nice thing about photography is that we can capture the good spaces to enjoy when we like.

  3. Hi Barbara, welcome again to the group and lucky for us that we get to see a body of work from you. Looking forward to it.

    • Thank you, Pauline. The group is very inspiring and I think we all rise to the occasion of sharing with like minded souls

  4. I like the feeling of this image, makes me want to sit down & take a few minutes or hours just enjoying the open space. It was something I found overwhelming when I was in Antarctica the open space. The vastness of it all. Thanks Barbara.

  5. As you know this is a very special space for me. I like this image. I would like to see it in more detail printed. The seagull in flight is important I think. Soaring in that space. That’s important, to get out there in it. I think I will go for a walk.

    • I printed the image long before I made this post, Tim. On art paper – and I love it too. I hope you enjoyed your walk in the freedom of your magic space.
      Your comment made me think about Jonathon Livingstone Seagull – I think I will have to read it again. Here is one quote I found

      “You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.”
      ― Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston Seagull

  6. Thank you all for welcoming me into the creative aG group. I am delighted to have the opportunity to share images in this arena and look forward to further inspiring postings from everyone.

  7. Barbara,
    This work is ethereal and I love seeing the variety in your subject matter and the reasons why you have taken the images.
    Thankyou for sharing.

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