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Rustic And Beauty

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I took this shot 25 years ago. I’ve taken a lot of shots like this over the years but this image is just more than an old ruin with a rustic feel to it with the old bike.

This image represents more than just a rustic ,it portrays to me that age has its own beauty, its own grace and its own sense of worth.

Often we live in a society that seems to be dominated around the “ The beautiful” All marketing is built around “ the beautiful” to sell their products or to promote their cause.

How many shallow and empty shows are on Television at the moment that is based on “ the beautiful” in societies wrapped opinion of what is beautiful.

The older we get, the less value that some sections of society see things in people who age and but nothing could be further from the truth.

This image shows me of the untapped beauty that is before us, the wisdom that comes within it and the experience of life that you can pass onto others.

For me, I wish I knew what I do know now when I was in my 20’s .Yet we can’t expect to be able to do that when we learn about life on the road to life. There are times when we are stubborn to learn (I included myself in that in my early years) and we have to learn on the road of life by doing it our own way which in turn  will bring its own grief. Is not that how we learn?

The stone work here is still solid after 100 years, for me that signifies, being steadfast, its weathered many storms and howling winds, thunder, lightning and has stood the test of time. Our own lives endure the storms of life as most of us have experienced over time.

Very few of us are exempt from that. The door, is the door to life, to open it, is a place of refuge, shelter within and that for me is shown by our close friends. No material offer can offer us that fulfilled sense of refuge, but rather that comes from deep within, via those who are close to us.

The bike, although not mobile still has a purpose, its aging state still has an immense wonder and beauty about itself and still offers joy to those that can see it.

As we age, no matter what age we are, we still have an immense purpose in life, we all have a beauty about ourselves and that is seen by others who are observant and who understand us. Others will miss seeing it but to the observant, it is always there waiting to be discovered by others.

Have you ever had one friend who has endured the storms with you, has been steadfast in your life and sees the immense beauty that lies within you .Who has been there with you through all the rejections that you have endured over the course of your life while others have chosen to keep you at bay?

I have and to that person  and I have no words to express my deep gratitude and it is something that is born once in your lifetime I believe and has its own beauty and can’t be described.

When Pete Dobré takes an image, each image that he takes will always reflect life through his eyes in some shape or foem. As different as it may be, that’s just him. Pete 🙂

This image was taken in 35mm Velvia film, rated at ISO25.

Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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  • Geoff Thompson says:

    Great shot Pete. I have taken some of these shots over the years and again more recently. The bike part of it anyway.Keep up the good work. Geoff Thompson