Whitehaven Beach. A study in green blue and white
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
The original photograph was taken in 2017 on a Nikon D810. Whitehaven Beach is certainly one of the most pristine and stunning beaches in Australia, if not, indeed, the whole world. It was even named as the number 1 beach in the South Pacific by the TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Awards in 2017. What an irony, for the island was devastated in that same year by a powerful hurricane that all but flattened the rich vegetation lying but a short distance inland. Nevertheless the beach itself, with its pure white silica sand washed by blue through turquoise to green water, survived this catastrophic assault. The intention here, back turned resolutely against the mayhem behind, was to capture the abiding calm of the sea and shoreline, as though no force in nature could disturb this tranquility. The scene is surreal, reminiscent of the background in a Dali painting; a scattering of clouds in a deep blue sky, a distant coastline, the luminescent sand, the bands of colour in the sea, and tiny Giacometti stick figures paddling in the water. The image is more of a dreamscape than a real place.