About my Work… by Liam Preece Photography

Genesis 1. Why Genesis 1. My absolute favourite chapter in the bible. It’s the story of creation, for those who don’t know it, it is the 7 days that God took to create this entire universe that we live in and this planet we live on. I refuse to accept the idea that I was an accident, that you were an accident. What a meaningless life that sounds like, I like the idea that I have purpose on this planet, that we all have a purpose on this planet. It seems that the more I learn about the universe the more it seems to be too perfect. Why is it that nothing seems to be dysfunctional except for humans, because we were the only living thing that god gave that terrible privilege of ‘choice.’

It is the story of creation that inspires the work to do. It is the natural beauty around us that is the closest we come to seeing the heart of who God really is. I take great joy in capturing my creator through the lens of my camera. What started out as a hobby has now become an excuse to get out in our vast wilderness state that is Tasmania. Though the tourist hot spots are nice I also love to find those places we know not so much about. It wasn’t until relatively recently that I decided I would like to share this with the world. So the more I sell the more you see! #winkwink

 The Unexpected Journey

The Unexpected Journey

The Unexpected Journey

$900

Pool of Bethesda, Tasmania

Canvas Print:      120 x 40cm

A day of walking ended unexpectedly at the pool of Bethesda before returning to camp. My sister and I had been walking all day to Mt Jerusalem in the rain and relentless wind. Rain coats, over pants, day packs and hiking boots soaked to the bone. I had slightly damp feet that I only realised when we got back to camp and took my boots off, oddly enough. Our return journey took an unexpected turn as we planned on just going back to camp and settling in for the evening. On our approach to King Solomon’s Throne junction we were torn between tent and mountain top as the clouds had suddenly lifted and the top of the mountain was now visible. Hoping that it would hold just long enough to actually get a decent view at the top, we chose mountain. Bounding up the mountain in an exhausting 25 minutes it became evident we had chosen wisely. God had brought me to this mountain top to show me the beauty in the valley below. It was from this moment that this pool became evident and that by having the faith to climb the mountain to see the bigger picture, a smaller picture in the valley was what god wanted to show me.



 

  Hiker Highway

Hiker Highway

Hiker Highway

$650

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Framed Print:     45 x 30cm

This was my first day with my new toy. Not doctored its just a palm sized, fire hazardous, glass ball. My lovely sister the hand model holding it into to the sun to reveal… “ouch. It burnt me!” The first encounter with how dangerous these things can be in the height of summer. Something that the company seem to never mention before you buy them. Funny that! Personally, I love this photo. The picturesque path with the destination in the background, the mountain top. The metaphors that you can associate with this image are I’m sure, endless! Some may wonder why I titled this ‘Hiker Highway,’ well the answer is simple. A lot of people walk this track in summer. It’s the overland track and its also the track to Barn Bluff, Kitchen Hut and of course the Cradle mountain summit. To top it off it was a gorgeously rare 27 degree day so everyone was out. Not always does the path look like this so we must make the most of it when it does.

  A Touch Of Gold

A Touch Of Gold

A Touch of Gold

$400

Lilydale Falls, Tasmania

Framed Print:     50 x 20cm

It is not often that you get days where the lighting is just perfect. What was just a lovely day out with one of my best mates and his new girlfriend now wife, turned into a moment where the light pierced the trees at the perfect angle. Highlighting all the ferns beside the water fall and the rocks and turning the water a stunning golden colour. Though I was third wheeling at the time, I no longer cared as I had my camera and God was giving me my moment while they had theirs. I have been to Lilydale falls countless times and never seen it quite like this. But then no day is the same as another, so I guess there are moments in every single day that are special if we have eyes to see it.

  Autumn Snow

Autumn Snow

Autumn Snow

$500

Crater Lake Boat Shed, Tasmania

Framed Print:     50 x 20cm

I must say this particular snow trip never intended on going the way it did. Actually, all plans for the entire weekend went out the window due to atrocious weather conditions. A friend and I had planned to do Walls of Jerusalem this particular weekend but decided to opt out due to temperatures predicting to not get above 3 degrees the whole weekend. So instead we took a day trip to Cradle Mountain with the intent of doing Marions and maybe the summit. Well we did neither. While it may look like quite calm scene, it was totally not. 50 to 60 km/h winds and snowing. It got so bad that my camera bag had almost completely frozen over. It was days like that you realise how dangerous Tasmanian conditions can be and how thankful we were not to be camping in the middle of Walls of Jerusalem. So despite our disappointment God had other plans and I would never have got this shot.

  Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones

$400

Twisted Lake, Tasmania

Framed Print:     50 x 20cm

I like to call this an unexpected detour. This was my first time doing Hansons Peak and Twisted Lake so when I thought I knew where we were going turned out I didn’t. This was also the day that my sister and I learnt that if you are going to Cradle Mountain… Expect the absolute worst. While it may be all nice, sunny and warm summers day back in Launie with not a single breath of wind. Drive 2 hours west to Cradle Mountain and suddenly the temperature can drop almost 20 degrees and have raging 60 km/h gusts. So here we were in shorts and t-shirts. Finding ourselves winding through the Tassie wilderness on some forgotten path thinking “this is how people die.” But sometimes you need to endure the pain and suffering head on and you never know what is waiting at the other end of the path. We never expect it but we learn to prepare ourselves better for the next time that it might cross paths again.

  Not A Tear Drop

Not A Tear Drop

Not a Tear Drop

$500

Lilydale Falls, Tasmania

Framed Print:     45 x 30cm

I will leave you to draw your own conclusion to how this photo was captured. Your conclusion is how you see the image and is your personal response. While I know exactly what this photo is of others may not. While I see it as a perfectly logical and obvious method, it may take others a little longer to digest. To see the bigger picture. The rest of the picture that isn’t in focus. I love metaphors and I let my work become its own metaphor and believe that with every image I take there is a story or a message to tell. If it doesn’t, it is nothing but a meaningless image. I love to look at this photo from a dreamers perspective. We all have our own dream, its human nature. It is also Human nature to think of someone else’s dream as impossible. This a very degrading mindset that we have. The bigger the dream the more supportive we should be. God is the impossible and it is only through god that the impossible becomes possible so the bigger we dream the more work god has to do in out life and the more he will use our abilities for his kingdom. All we need to do is have faith, not only in God himself but in our own ability. We still need to do all that is humanly possible and leave the impossible for God.

 

© ELAIA CAFÉ