Those two-month long summer vacations must have had a lot to do with it… The bicycle rides, my bestie’s family dog Taily; Taiwanese shave ice desserts, being free from schooling; climbing a neighbour’s mulberry tree, catching grasshoppers in the fields with friends and basking in all the laughter… My memory box of those summers is full of joy!
Perhaps being the pre-internet era had a lot to do with it too. The daylight hours then seemed endlessly long and there was no time gap to be filled in by checking smart phones. We were just indulging in the laziness of youth, feeling wonderfully laid-back and enjoying the serenity of being. Yes really! No one needed to take a picture and have the world’s approval to see that we were living the life; we WERE living the life! We were alive and had not a single care…
Oh the irony that at this very time, and with pictures; I’m sharing this story – through the internet. Connecting with my readers, yes you, right here online maybe even via a smart phone. A story from one of Kent’s favourite locations in Sydney to photograph, Nielsen Park.
Part of the Sydney Harbour National Park in Sydney’s eastern suburb of Vaucluse. Nielsen Park is well known for its netted beach – Shark Beach; with soft white sand and big ocean rocks on the points, bush and scrub separates the area from the press of the suburbs. A large Spanish Mission style change-room/restroom can be spotted with its colourful terracotta roof tiles and stucco walls. And there’s a Federation kiosk which is dated back to 1914. Needless to say, it is beautiful and versatile having a little bit of everything.
However according to Kent, even in these days of Trip Adviser, Google Guides and all the social media internet help we are now getting, Nielsen Park is still one of Sydney’s best kept secrets.
So here we are in the secret park…
I was very happy with my new hairdo that day; I’d had a perm and a cut. We tried several spots to shoot that afternoon, remaining mostly in shady areas between the change rooms and the beach. Being my own stylist I felt the need to create a certain mood. The family heirloom hand fan was my big idea, and I have adored this vintage sandalwood fan of my beloved grandmother from the first time I saw her using it in Taiwan. That distinct scent which comes from the fragrant sandalwood it’s made from always reminds me of her.
It may surprise you that I am not that confident woman who is proud of her own head shots. So I have to admit that I enjoyed seeing, yes for the first time in many many years, and feeling happy with these head shots of myself by Kent. A great tribute to my fresh hairdo and the photographer’s skill! Thank you Kent!
Kent’s pictures effortlessly captured a time-does-not-exist aura that I was hoping to re-create; of ice desserts, a family dog and catching grasshoppers.., and they do take me back to my sweet summer memories; though now somewhat expanded with new memories that could still be Taiwan, or maybe Spain, Vietnam and perhaps even Rome…
May you enjoy your summer like I did as a child, may that summer seem never to end.
Head shots and fashion portraits by Kent Johnson Photography.
Outfit Of The Day
Just Gold rings
Michael Kors watch
vintage sandalwood fan