Artist bridges gap between inspiration and recognition
ROSIE Wood finds great photographic inspiration living on the Central Coast.
But it is a photo of Sydney and a link with her past which won the amateur photographer overall second place in this year's prestigious Exposure Photographic Prize from a field of 675 entries.
Her piece, titled Strength, was entered in the A Picture Tells 1000 Words category.
It is a photo of Anzac Bridge in Sydney.
Rosie said she wanted to relate the pride and strength of the Anzacs with the towering strength of the bridge.
"I lived there when the bridge was first constructed," Rosie said, adding it had always fascinated her.
"It's an engineering masterpiece.
"It's Australia's longest cable-stayed span bridge.
"I used to see it every day when I walked my dog and I still photograph it every time I go to Sydney for medical appointments."
She inverted the tones to give the structure added drama and "enhance its lineal geometry and capture the strength of the steel cabling".
In her accompanying written piece she stated: "The Anzac Bridge will long stand as a reminder of the courage and strength of those heroes after whom it was named".
Rosie was delighted to have another piece, Yarramalong Fog, featuring a fence weaving its way across the valley, into the fog-shrouded mountains, also chosen as one of the 145 photos exhibited.
Having loved photography since her first Box Brownie as a girl, and developed her own photos in the 1980s before a busy life got in the way, Rosie said she had rediscovered the art in retirement, stimulated by "the paradise" which she says is the Central Coast.
As well as the pure enjoyment of capturing a moment, she said it takes her mind off the pain with which she unfortunately lives these days.
Her tip for better photos is to look at the big picture, the composition, angle, lighting and perhaps a little something - such as a bird in the foreground - which sets that picture apart and tells a story.
This year's first prize went to Gosford's David Magro, for Field of Stars.