Bit of a story behind this one.

At a work planning day @ Somerton Surf Lifesaving Club, when this bloke starts drying his hair in the carpark. Exclaimed my delight to my companions, and then said how I wouldn’t be able to ask for a photo anyway. “I’ll ask” says Jess. Quick race upstairs for the work SLR, quick answer in the affirmative and voila!!

Thanks Jess (and Dave)

I’m a wife.
A mother.
I work.
I blog.
I photograph.
I design tees.
I’m tired.

Hi, my name’s Cathie – although I am mostly animated and a bit of a character – I am a real person and like to think of myself as a digital artist. I occasionally revert to my original persona – taking “straight” photos!

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  • Damien Mason
    Damien Masonabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic Cathie, and good on the guy for being happy for you to snap him :)

  • Thanks Damien (and for the RT)

    – Cathie Tranent

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 4 years ago

    Seize the moment :) Great shot, Cathie!

  • Thanks Mel :)

    – Cathie Tranent

  • Jan Hopgood
    Jan Hopgoodabout 4 years ago

    Great photo and a great character. kudos to him for agreeing.

  • Thanks Ma.

    – Cathie Tranent

  • Lawford
    Lawfordabout 4 years ago

    Some inspiration from your fabulous photo.

    The surf wasn’t that good today. Dave had come down early as he does everyday with his board. He paddled out through the slight swell and just sat on his board and floated. His mind was uncluttered and he was happy.
    Sure, he didn’t have much in the way of material possessions, but he figured he had more than the group of people he saw on the sand who were listening intently to some dude in a shirt and tie waving his arms about and telling them what they had to do for the day. They obviously worked in an office nearby and he guessed that this was their way of clearing the mind before embarking on the days tasks.
    His mind was clear as well. He was unworried by the problems of the world and he slipped off his board and swam slowly back to shore, letting the tide wash him and his trailing board in.
    He sat on a bench and dried his hair. A woman came up and asked if he’d mind if she took a photo of him.
    “Sure .Why Not.” She seemed happy as she snapped away. Dave was happy too and was ready to live another day. He picked up his board, whistled his dog and strolled along the beach, watched with envy by the group about to go to work.

  • Oh wow!! Thanks … :)

    – Cathie Tranent

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinabout 4 years ago

    Terrific portrait Cathy!

  • Thanks ToTS .. made my day!

    – Cathie Tranent

  • Jan Clarke
    Jan Clarkeabout 4 years ago

    This is a lovely capture, Cathie – he looks like he’s at peace with the world and his smile is wonderful.
    I wiould normally never ask anyone if they minded me taking a photo of the, but last year, I was down at Frankston and as the sun was setting over the pier, I saw a young man standing on the edge of it. He had such an air of peace around him, even amongst all the people around him. Not wanting to intrude on his moment of reverie, I was in the process of setting up to take a shot a little distance away, when he stepped down and turned to go.
    I so wanted a shot of him, basking in the rich golden setting sun, that I bit my tongue, walked up to him and asked him if he would mind me taking a photo of him as he’d standing just a moment before. He happily obliged me and, while the photo doesn’t capture the depth of peace, it did capture osme. Despite it being a very busy evening on the pier that night, I managed to capture him without anyone else in the shot. It remains one of my favourite photos to date.
    Lol, sometimes it pays to be brave and ask, and this is certainly one of them.

  • I’m just glad Jesse was there Jan – I would not have asked myself …!!

    – Cathie Tranent

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondabout 4 years ago

    Ehat a great natural portrait of a cool dude. Happy Christmas Cathie xx

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondabout 4 years ago

    ooops…I meant…What a great looking portrait

  • Thank you Sharon – appreciate it!

    PS I knew exactly ehat you meant!!

    Merry Merries to you and yours too ….

    – Cathie Tranent

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