Fisherman's daughters by Melissa Drummond

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Bandy Creek Boat Harbour, Esperance, Western Australia.

My girls, Carys (with the fishing rod) and Evie (with the jazz hands! What the?) fishing for the first time, October 2009. It’s in the blood.

Their father, Matt, is from a family of fisherpeople who hail from Peaceful Bay, near Albany, Western Australia, via Sweden (jumped ship, no less!), and this was, and for a handful still is, their life.

Fishing has been a constant in my life too, with many holidays spent on the edge of a jetty with my Dad, around the Bellarine Peninsula of Victoria and the south coast of NSW, or catching Redfin and yabbies in the Loddon River around Castlemaine and Chewton (before it dried up).

We didn’t catch anything this day, but just being by the water was enough for some kids who have only ever known life in the desert.

The title was inspired by the song Fisherman’s Daughter by The Waifs (2/3rds of the band hail from Albany).

Not the best version of the song, but you get the idea………….


ocean, sea, harbour, beach, water, fishing, children, esperance, nikon, nostalgia, western australia, bandy creek, melissa drummond

Born in Victoria, now living in the outback of Western Australia, I love nature, music, and photography. I’m passionate about our environment, sustainability, and documenting the impact we’ve had on the planet.

I shoot both digital and film, and have a quirky collection of toy and vintage cameras that are a lot of fun to experiment with.

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  • unaciertamirada
    unaciertamiradaover 4 years ago


  • thanks Luis!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • clancy214
    clancy214over 4 years ago

    fantastic treatment melissa! love it

  • cheers Clancy, much appreciated :)

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Marie Wintzer
    Marie Wintzerover 4 years ago

    Yooo, superbe!

  • thank you Marie!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Trish Woodford
    Trish Woodfordover 4 years ago

    This is delightful Melissa, lovely tones and sense of nostalgia :))

  • Thanks Trish – I do get a bit nostalgic when I look at it (even though it wasn’t that long ago!) :) We miss the sea, living here in Kal!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • LouJay
    LouJayover 4 years ago

    Beautiful and evocative. (and the song is a long standing fav of mine!) Love your words that accompany this too.

  • Wow, thanks Lou, it was a great day, good trip actually. The kids just loved the beach (can’t say I blame them!). And I agree, it is a great song, one of my favourite bands too.

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image!

  • thank you so much Shelly!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • many thanks, Scott!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Daniela Cifarelli
    Daniela Cifarelliover 4 years ago

    Luv, DANIELA

  • thanks Daniela – much appreciated. Thanks for the fave too! x

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthover 4 years ago

    You’ve really captured the moment here! Love the processing too

  • thanks very much Andrew!

    – Melissa Drummond

  • Tania Palermo
    Tania Palermoover 4 years ago

    Haha…Jazz hands! I love it…and the song is great too.
    This is such a beautiful image…you’ve captured the moment so well.

  • thank you Tania – much appreciated. It was a great day!

    – Melissa Drummond

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