A stark reminder on the fragility of life

Last week wasn’t a great week for me personally. I lost a friend, we worked alongside each other for years, back in the days when I had a day job. In fact, she was part of this business when we first got it off the ground and helped me with my first ever solo exhibition


In recent years we had drifted apart, but her loss has hit me hard. Why, she was only 29, a young mum with a toddler. It is a tragedy, her little girl is going to grow up without her mum. Thing is, her mum was a superhero, she was one of the most amazing people I ever met, to lose a person that touched so many is just heartbreaking.


Personally I am fine, I am just sad and mad at the harrowing loss her family and friends are going through. I know that this journey will be a long one for many. I am going to try and help where I can.


Needless to say by the end of the week I was in need of a bit of therapy myself, so I set my alarm for 4am and planned a sunrise shoot on Friday morning.


I cried in the shower and for much of the drive in the car, I rang my aunt in the UK to talk it out. I allowed myself to grieve. As I write this I have tears in my eyes for my friend, her family and mostly for her little girl.


My therapy, standing with my toes in the sand watching the sunrise. It was one of the most solemn sunrises I have experienced.

feet in the sand

I spent my morning on the rocks between two of Newcastle’s beautiful beaches Bar Beach and Susan Gilmore Beach. A lovely spot that I had to myself for the entire morning, no one could see the tears in my eyes.

I took many photos that morning, some nice, some awful and just one stunner, this one. I have named it in honour of my lost friend - Remembrance.

In the end it reminds me that no matter how bad yesterday was, there is always a sunrise today, a chance to see new light, celebrate the good times and most of all that, life is short.

Do the things you love the most TODAY, don’t wait for tomorrow.


Life is short.

Chase that dream.

Watch that sunrise.

Take that holiday.

Hug those that you love.

Call those you miss.