~ Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. ~ Calvin Coolidge
What do you do when a bunch of folks pay money to come to Bandon to get the stellar sea stacks of our beach under notoriously epic skies and all we get is fog? Actually, not just fog, but a couple of days of smokey fog at that. Lots of regional fires have been creating a great deal of haze on and off this month depending on what direction the wind is blowing. At risk of sounding whiny and ungrateful, I must also mention that at this time there continues to be multiple fires around the state and natural disasters of epic porportions around the nation. So please, know that this heart is grateful for conditions in Bandon. Thus far we are enjoying safety, and indeed, good business. The fruitful business is due to simply providing relaxation for some, but for others it is a place of safe harbor for those escaping heat, smoke, flood and sometimes personal tragedy due to all of our continental weather and natural disaster events occurring around our nation.
Having said that, many of us continue to enjoy our summer, myself included. I had the good fortune of being a local guide and assistant to an accomplished, award winning photographer from New Jersey this week, Denise Ippolito.
We just completed a four day sea stack workshop and it was a blast! So, back to the question of what to do when faced with lots of fog and poor sky conditions due to smoke? You hunker down and get to work! These sometimes disappointing conditions cause the photographer to reach deep, get out of the box, work hard and look for the silver lining, which to me, are the less obvious but ultimately beautiful and more creative compositions.
I must say that Denise Ippolito is a master of photographic creativity and comes armed with extreme technological knowledge as well as the energy and attitude that it takes to get great shots under any conditions. She was inspirational to work with and her group members were no less so. They hunkered down and made it their mission not to go home empty handed.
It was a fabulous four days full of fatigue, disappointment, insight, inspiration, some agitation and buckets of joy and laughter. The whole gamut of emotions were free flowing and I loved every minute of it!
It doesn’t hurt that on two mornings we had the pleasure of witnessing and photographing the now famous, yet humble sand labyrinth artist, Denny Dyke of Circles in the Sand. Please check out his website at the previous link for more information on his meditative, temporary and contiplative soul work. In addition to that, we had two evenings of horses with models running on the beach for us to photograph. The icing on the cake was when Bandon Stables pulled out all of the stops and showed up with a mare and her colt for us to photograph. Need I say more. We were all instantly transformed into the awe and wonder of nature that only a mother and child ensemble can evoke within the human heart….sheer goose bump bliss!
Details will be coming out soon for another workshop next season so if you’re interested in attending stay tuned!!!
Above all have fun and be safe.