• Cara Hodge

Sri Lanka (...the second half...)

Sri-Lanka...I posted on this magical place earlier this week

The colour I associate most with Sri-Lanka is gold. The earth has a gold tone, the sand is golden, the sunset are...yep, you've guessed it...golden. The light on water is also very golden.

Nature is everywhere in Sri-Lanka - and I hope it stays that way. The jungles are so mysterious and beautiful, and so too are the beaches. The sea is often dynamic with big waves to really splash about in.

It's a great family holiday, and I dream of going back. My son loved to play in the surf for hours, and by the pool. It was a bit of a challenge to keep up with him with my camera as he was very active (unsurprisingly). Lifestyle photography can happen so fast, it's a challenge to keep up. The moment itself trumps everything else - composition, light, any technical elements you can think of really. There isn't always time to fiddle with camera settings. Fly on the wall, fly by the seat of your pants type of photography - can be quite challenging.

However, the challenge can be worth it. Spontaneous moments often make the best kind of emotive photography. When I look back on these, I remember a time that is precious and won't occur again. It's obvious in theory, but looking at these pictures, I feel a sort of spine tingling realization. That time can be at once so near and so far. A time when you remember the sounds and smells and tastes as if they were only yesterday. However, despite being able to conjure back the senses, the moment is passed. It is a realization, especially during the long covid-19 "lock-down" that still lingers, to try and make the most of our days. Simple moments are sometimes the ones I end up treasuring the most.

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