Bonds Boy In Action by Marion  Cullen

Each new journey or endeavour begins firstly by looking back. This looking to the past serves to remind us of just how far, or not, we have come. Either realisation has the capacity to spur us on to strive, and achieve, ever higher.
M. Cullen

Some of you have already heard the story surrounding this particualr image and know that it has significant meaning to me.
It is THE (imperfect) image that inspired me to once again take up photography, a passion I had lost, along with myself, long ago when I allowed the belief that a mundane existence was enough to get in the way of what life really should be.

Panasonic Lumix FZ5 (5 megapixel)
ISO 80
1/1000 sec
-0.3 exposure comp
focal length 66mm
metering mode – centre weighted
Auto white balance

Featured in Vibration in Art and Verse – VAVoom! 4th July 2010


  • Matt Bottos
    Matt Bottosabout 5 years ago

    Inspiring stuff Marion!! Fantasic!

  • Cheers Matt, every new turn I take, or want to take, in my photographic life I find myself seeking out this image just to remind me again of how it felt to be so inspired again.

    – Marion Cullen

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 5 years ago

    Wonderful to have such a ‘marker’ to remind you!! Amazing what gets frozen in time with the camera…..not only the image, but the thoughts and emotions as well. Very pleased you found your way back….your work is far toooo good to miss!! xo

  • Yes it is wonderful Wendi, thank you.
    I am so, so fortunate to have this one defining image to remind me where it all started again for me. It has even more meaning to me in the fact that this is actually my eldest son and this was taken on my first camping trip to Butlers Beach – it was also during a very turbulent time for me. Usually the boys went camping with my mum & her partner without me, but this time I had gone along so I could use the time to clear my head and rethink my life…what an outcome it brought for me and I won’t ever forget it. :) I appreciate it every time I look at this image & because it also brought RB and great friends like you into my life. :)

    – Marion Cullen

  • Craig Hender
    Craig Henderabout 5 years ago

    Cool shot Marion, love the expression and movement. So glad you found the inspiration to walk forward with a camera against your eye.

  • What a truly lovely thing to say, thank you Craig…it really is wonderful to have a joyous reminder like this, especially in times of creative drought or self doubt. :)

    – Marion Cullen

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiabout 5 years ago

    Fabulous shot. You can feel his joy

  • Oh boy Andy, that’s why I love this so much too! It just radiates with joy. Thank you!

    – Marion Cullen

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...about 5 years ago

    This is a fabulous image, so well done

  • Thanks so much Kinberly, so lovely to have you come by. :)

    – Marion Cullen

  • So sorry for the typo – Kimberly!

    – Marion Cullen

  • mttmaliha
    mttmalihaabout 5 years ago

    Wise words, and a beautiful image….

  • Thank you ever so much for your kind comment Maureen.

    – Marion Cullen

  • MarianBendeth
    MarianBendethabout 5 years ago

    Oh, it makes my heart race – the joy of it! His face, those wonderful droplets of pure energy washing over is just joyous!

  • I am thrilled this image makes you feel this way Marian, reading your comment has made my day. Thank You!

    – Marion Cullen

    BIRGlTTAabout 5 years ago

    I love it. (Especially the crashing splashes all over the place.)

  • Truly it is! Thanks so much darling woman.

    – Marion Cullen

  • JanT
    JanTabout 5 years ago

    Your words and the raw feeling you captured (and a sunburned arm?) give me shivers. Suddenly, thanks to you, I remember that same intensity. That pursuit of the less banal and more vivid moments. Thank you.

  • I am so pleased it had such a positive & visceral impact Jan, really, what more could a photographer ask for?! Thank you!

    – Marion Cullen

  • LindaR
    LindaRabout 5 years ago

    I remember this one too ~ this one talks for itself so very well ~ wonderful!! xxx

  • Wonderful to see you again Linda, and thank you so much, I am thrilled you remember this image!

    – Marion Cullen

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