You always know when it’s September on the Gold Coast. No, I am not talking about the change in the weather from Winter to Spring, I am talking about the interesting and amazing sculptures that appear on and around the Currumbin Beachfront. It must be the annual Swell Festival (now in it’s 14th year).
Heading down late on Saturday afternoon, I grab my camera bag, packed with filters and lens as well as my tripod. The weather is perfect; it’s warm, the sun is shining and the festival is sure to be busy. Arriving at Currumbin, I start my exploration of Swell down at southern end, near the Surf Club.
With my Nikon in hand I start to wander and check out this years 50 plus sculptures that are on display built by local, national and international artists. There are so many innovative, artistically challenging pieces on display that it is so easy to get caught up at each piece for hours, taking pictures and admiring the talent of each artist.
Like each year before, I try to get unique and interesting perspective shots of the sculptures I love the most. Walking along at this time of day I am blessed with a little colour starting to show up in the sky as the day turns to dusk. These colours just enhance the sculptures and in some cases add that wow factor.
By the time I reach Currumbin Rock, day has turned into night and now the sculptures are lit up and take on a life of their own as I make my way back down the beach towards the surf club, and the car. I am still trying to take photos of the sculptures, even in the dark. As I am walking the music fills the air and I come across what has to be my favourite sculpture of this year’s Swell Festival, John Cox’s See Life. I settle down in the sand with camera on tripod as this sculpture lights up in set sequences and colour combinations. I am swept away by the beauty of the sculpture before me and at that moment I am at peace with the universe.
At the end of the night I am relaxed and fulfilled as I pack up the car and head home, closing the door on another year of Swell.
Until next week.