In my previous article Lights of Fremantle, I had the opportunity to share some of my favourite Fremantle photos, specifically relating to urban and night photography. This time I wanted to share with you just a few of the many sunrise and sunset images I have taken as I continue to explore this fascinating port city.
I’ve always had an interest in natural landscapes, and I especially love photographing sunrises and sunsets, because in these moments you get to capture the sky at its most vibrant and dynamic. When the orange sun combines with the blue sky, it creates an array of vivid and interesting colours. I love the fact that no two sunrises and sunsets are ever the same; each one is unique. I’ve travelled a fair bit, but none I have seen come close to capturing the magic of a Western Australian sunrise or sunset. It’s one of the little things I appreciate most about living in Perth.
Fortunately, I’ve always been a morning person, so getting up early to photograph the sunrise isn’t much of an issue for me. It’s a great way to start the day and it symbolises the dawn of a new life. As quoted by Gautama Buddha:
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Waking up early for a drive to Fremantle is always worth the effort. The city isn’t too far away from home, and during the early hours of the day I get to enjoy a quiet and tranquil Fremantle, without all the usual daytime traffic and hustle and bustle. During the winter months it can be a tad chilly but, despite my Malaysian roots, I rather like the cold.
I have a few go-to locations in Fremantle which I’ve always found to be great spots for photography. When I set out to photograph either a sunrise or a sunset, I prefer to have a focal point wherever possible. And being a busy working port the Fishing Boat Harbour is an ideal spot, for both sunrise and sunset, due to its unique location between the ocean and the sea.
At the end of Fleet Street is South Mole Lighthouse. It’s a lovely spot to watch the sunset and it’s a popular spot for fishing. I also like to head to the Maritime Museum, which is located at Forrest Landing, the site of the first landing in 1829 on the Western end of historical Victoria Quay. I like that it’s a symbol of Freo’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port.
When I photograph sunsets, I am reminded of another quote:
Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, every day can end beautifully.
As a nature lover, photography encourages me to combine walking and hiking with my camera. It’s good for the mind, body and soul.
Most photographers will agree that it can be quite a solitary pastime, but I’m lucky to have such great support from family and friends. My best friend Lynndy has been one of the biggest supporters of my photography for the last decade, and occasionally keeps me company when I am out and about pursuing my passion.
With encouragement from family and friends (old and new) who are my biggest critics (you know who you are!), I am in the early stages of planning a photography book documenting my globe trotting adventures. More to be revealed about that soon …