Just got back from spending 2 weeks in Hawaii. Specifically the island of Kauai, known as the 'Garden Isle’ with a small population of 67,091. While I was out shooting, i found myself attracted to the cars, trucks and vans of the people that live on the island. Obviously, surfing is huge in Kauai and surfers need trucks, vans that they can drive up onto the beach with their boards. A lot of trucks are old and beat up but they are beautiful, often modified to suit the rough roads and beaches of the island. To me, these vehicles represent a different set of priorities and values. something I find extremely refreshing.
Another aspect I was drawn to is the lush tropical colour and quality of light on the island. There’s often a mist coming off the ocean which creates a soft and hazy feel, it’s just beautiful. The graphic plant shots were shot in the gorgeous garden of the house we were staying at.
One of my goals on this trip was a bit of a digital detox, so I shot film and it was a wonderful experience. Working without a light meter was a lot of fun. It makes you really tune into what the light is doing in your shot and how you want it to be exposed. I simply followed the F16 and Sunny rule. I’d highly recommend this for anyone looking to get back to pure and simple photography. There’s also something really nice about not being able to see the photo immediately after clicking the shutter. I love the sense of anticipation & mystery when waiting to see the processed film.
Here are my favourite shots from the trip. If you want to see more I’ll be posting all of the shots to my Tumblr page in the coming week.