Death knocked twice then climbed through the window. Its tongue began to wag like a snake dancing in the sea at night. A husky voice cracked into my mind and two words lodged in my ear...

Wilsons Prom In Moonless Winter

Wilsons Prom In Moonless Winter

Story by Lachlan Moore

A couple of mates thought it would be fun to get four photographers into three tents for the weekend down at The Prom for a weekend of shooting. I don’t get out enough and needed some air so they invited me along and it was incredible. I grew up in Meeniyan, right near Wilson’s Prom, and spent my summers at Tidal River campgrounds and exploring the beaches nearby. Despite all the trips I’ve done there over the years I’ve never set aside an entire weekend to shooting so it was a really exciting prospect.

There were four of us on the trip. I went to Photography Studies College with Leo who is a beautifully unique wedding photographer. I met Paul for the first time on this trip, he is incredibly well read and has a fantastic moustache. He is a recreational photographer and was shooting exclusively on old Russian plastic cameras. Jason and I both shoot commercial / advertising work and when I was starting out as a photographer, I was Jason’s assistant.

The Prom is so unique. It totally changes across different seasons, the light, mood and personality changes and although we were down there in winter it looked and felt like autumn, it was so mild and still. The beauty of The Prom is that you never know what you’ll get. We didn’t even go exploring the eastern frontier, we just stayed at Tidal River and did trips from there. We drank red wine and scotch into the moonless night, it was very civilised and relaxing. We were actually incredibly lucky with the weather because we were down there at the start of winter, which is typified by gale force winds, constant rain and generally feral conditions. This weekend was still and calm, it was incredible, we were out shooting until 11pm, and at times it was so warm we were down to t-shirts.

One night, there was no moon around and we walked to the lookout on top of the boulders of Whisky Bay and saw something in the water. As each wave rolled in and crashed a fluoro flash exploded through the water. It was bioluminescent organisms in the water, which I’d never seen before. The waves would crash and the white water would pop with light and colour, it was amazing. Even walking along the beach, each step would illuminate a constellation in the sand. It was one of the highlights of the trip and although it was very difficult to photograph, it is something you need to experience in person. This trip was so easy and it took minimal planning, more people should do trips like this.

Regardless of where you go, just get out and shoot.
 
See more of Lachlan’s work here.
 
 

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