Times Gone By (5X2C1368)


The remains of an old wooden jetty at Jurien Bay, Central West, Western Australia.

Taken on the same Easter break as the image “Old Jetty” at Jurien Bay in Western Australia’s Central West. Whilst the sunset never really presented itself due to the low lying cloud on the horizon to the North West, it did pop for a few minutes lighting up the small clouds on the horizon directly in front.

For this image I decided a panoramic crop in colour, to convey the calm blue reflective water on a beautiful afternoon was called for. Composing the image so that the diagonal shoreline leads to the jetty, which then in turn leads one’s eye to centre of the frame. The difference between this image and the black and white “Old Jetty” is in this case your eye is led to the thin red and orange glow on the horizon.

Titled “Times Gone By” to reflect upon times when the old jetty would have been in full use servicing the town in the early 1900’s.

Jurien Bay was first discovered by the Europeans in the 17th century and named Jurien Bay at the turn of the 18th century. First settled in the mid 1850’s, then in the early 1900’s a temporary fishing village was established on the bay near the jetty (possibly this one). It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the town was gazetted as Jurien Bay, before being renamed Jurien in 1959. It is now a popular holiday destination, especially since access from Perth, a 2 ½ hour drive, was improved with the Indian Ocean Drive in 2010.

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