Whilst Busselton is normally associated with post card perfect images of clear blue sky, white sands and aqua coloured water, it isn’t always the case. During winter the south west corner of Western Australia often receives the full brunt of cold fronts that pass through bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the area. Ironically it’s this more adverse weather that holds appeal to me as a photographer. I love the dramatic intensity of the storms, making them perfect for capturing moody and dark black and white images.
On this day, heavy cloud cover left over from a recently passed cold front provided a different perspective to the iconic Busselton Jetty, which juts a considerable distance into Geographe Bay. Processed in black and white to emphasise the stormy feel to the day and convey the conditions that the Jetty has had to endure over its long life time exposed to the elements. Definitely not a post card style capture, but I like it non the less. I wanted to capture the jetty in one of her lesser photographed moods.
Titled “Stormy Day” to reflect the weather at the time.
Extending 1.8 kilometres over the protected waters of Geographe Bay, the heritage listed Busselton Jetty is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a tourist attraction in its own right, and as such is heavily photographed. Built in sections over the years from 1865 to the mid 1900’s to achieve its eventual length of 1.8km, it was officially closed in 1973. During 1978 it was significantly damaged by Cyclone Alby as it tracked all the way down the West Australian coastline, wreaking havoc to the South West. Over the years the Busselton community raised funds to restore the part of the jetty, with the West Australian Government providing the remaining funds to complete the restoration.