"Do you have a favourite photograph?" is a question that I have been asked on countless occasions.
The answer may surprise.
My favourite photograph is not a portrait of a notable figure, nor a travel, landscape or widely published documentary image - the answer to the aforementioned question comes from a far more personal place.
This is a candid photograph I made of my daughter, Coco (circa 2009) at St Kilda's Catani Gardens. While not a technically brilliant image; this is my favourite and most treasured photograph for a myriad of personal reasons - it always will be.
French-born American photographer Elliot Erwitt is famously quoted as having said,
“The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don’t have to explain things with words.”
While our names will never be mentioned in the same breath, I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Erwitt's sentiment. A good photograph should engage the viewer, have the ability to tell a story and convey emotion without the need for words.
A good photograph captured today becomes an invaluable record of the human experience tomorrow.
This is my favourite photograph and TARDIS to a joyful Sunday morning of love, laughter and the inevitable afternoon stroll to Luna Park - when in St Kilda.
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