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The Shy Crab



A splendour of clouds graced the sky drifting amidst a vivid dawn light. Glancing to my right, I notice a little crab starring back at me. He was saying “What are you doing here, what are you?”. Captivated by his curiosity I dismounted my camera and began snapping photos while he fixed his intense gaze upon me. Suddenly, without a word he ran off towards the ocean, leaving me transfixed in the connection we momentarily shared.

Shortly after his spontaneous departure, an oncoming wave washed over him and I guessed soon he would disappear into the sea. However, I was surprised to see the wave wash back out to sea leaving this curious crab starring back at me. Sinking deep into the sand, he remained frozen offering me another fleeting moment to share. Seizing the opportunity, I leaped onto the soft sand, crawling my way to a very short distance.  I adjusted my manual focus 50mm lens to a shallow depth of field and began focusing on his eyes hoping to convey this mesmerizing moment between us. As if on queue, the sun in all its glory began rising out of the ocean intensifying the scene by providing a striking background to match this captivating moment.

AWARD WINNING – Peoples Choice Award for the Best photograph at the Endless Sunrise Exhibition 2012

The Rustic Frame

The timber (rose wood) used in this frame is recycled and sourced from a historic Byron home on Johnson Street. The old interior boards have been hand selected and crafted for this piece. Using old fashioned framing methods, I joined the frame using a series of wedges and brackets  to act as a clamp. I reinforced the joins with large triangles and wood glue improving the overall strength. A wash of vanish has been used to protect and seal the wood with a final coat of bees wax to soften the surface.