31,536,000 Seconds

We all know that for every year there are 365 days. And for each day 24 hours and for each hour 60 minutes and for each minute 60 seconds.

Knowing this, it's sometimes hard to believe that the click of a shutter which creates a photo and captures our lives, takes only a split-second. Looking through these photos it amazes me to see how many split-seconds of happiness took place in the lives of those I photographed in 2014. How many split-second moments make up an entire day and how many split-second moments make up an entire year.

Every year seems to go so fast, it's easy to lose sight of how much has really taken place. And yet, so much does take place.

This lovely note I received from Sam and Leanne, who got married in a cloud, reminds me of how valuable a second can be.

"Words will never be enough to thank you for your amazing photos of our wonderful wedding day! We had the most wonderful day and I am so happy that we have your beautiful photos to remind us of that time for the rest of our lives! Thank you , thank you, thank you!"

The town where I was born

I've known Byron Bay my whole life, yet every time I return to it something has changed. There's a weird kind of relationship I have with this place. The place that people, including me, travel far and wide to see. I know it, but at the same time it is a stranger to me. This is a place that will never belong to the locals. It belongs to the whole world. We all may love it yet none of us can have it. Even those that can afford to have their own little slice must share.

Regardless of how the town changes, the place remains constant. I can look to the ocean, to Julian Rocks and Mt Chincogan in the distance which shadows the towns where I grew up, and I am a child again. I am a teenager admiring the beauty that first inspired me to pick up a camera. Even in the rain its beauty remains unchanged. The famous town which encroaches behind me must stand at bay.