Harbour Storm

Peter Kurdulija

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

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“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough“. Robert Capa’s wisdom echoes as fresh today as it ever was. If you accept the truth that you can’t be too close, how far is too far?

I was sharing the afternoon with my computer, all the light stuff, browsing and shifting files around, when events in the harbour hijacked my attention Just one look through the window, and you know it’s the moment you should be part of, somehow. As a dedicated instinct driven photographer you grab your camera and run into the oncoming rain, braving the wild wind and the clusters of objects, which on an ordinary day don’t reside in mid air, just to get a shot, or better, The Shot.

Not quite, not me. I did take my compact camera but observed the menace for a while behind the safety of a closed window. The dark clouds extinguished the sunlight within minutes, and what was left of it refracted considerably before hitting the harbour from different angles, creating an extraordinary dance of light and shadows on the motionless surface of the ocean. I took a couple of shots from left to right with the clear intention of stitching them together. Shortly after, the darkness descended.

How come the most threatening events can look so spectacular?

The storm climbed uphill and started to shake the house, rattling windows in an attempt to rip the glass from the frames, as it wished to suck in that couch potato and spit him out there, where he should be. Yeah baby, just go hard; you may be angry but the structure is sound, and I know it.

I casually walked back to my seat and continued browsing the Net as if nothing had happened. What else can you do on a day like this?

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