The story behind the latest cover of Capture
Martin Von Stoll won the Single Shot category of Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers 2020. His winning image also graced the cover of the May/June/July edition of Capture magazine. Below is his account of how he came to shoot the powerful image.
On 26 October 2019 while I had some friends over at home, one of them received an alert on their phone that there was a fire close by approaching from the south.I remember everyone checking their phones for similar alerts, including road closures and the location of the fire.
I went outside onto our balcony and looked south, and all I could see was a huge plume of black and grey smoke rising up into the atmosphere. Instantly the vibe in the room went from a relaxed morning with close friends to panic as everyone vacated to their cars to head home as quickly as possible. Being a photographer and not one to want to miss the shot, I grabbed my camera and ran outside. At the same time, I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing.
Later that same afternoon, my two boys and I drove to Black Head Beach where the firefront was heading towards Hallidays Point, to see if we could get some more intel from the local RFS as to what this fire was doing, and what action we might need to take.
While there, my boys and I decided to walk onto the beach. With camera in hand, I decided to take a few photos and captured this image of my boys, Zaiden (10) and his younger brother, Riazz (6), walking in the shallows of the water as the firefront moved up the beach. It is a moment in time that none of us will ever forget – seeing the raw power and energy of the fire attack the serenity and calmness of the ocean on that day.
Shortly afterwards, the local RFS came down to the beach and said to all of us that we needed to evacuate because the 737 aircraft that dumps fire retardant was on approach to do its thing. I grabbed my two boys by their hands and we immediately ran straight back to the safety of our car, and left to higher ground away from the fire.
I posted the photo on our local Hallidays Point community news forum on Facebook on the same day, and from there the photo very quickly gained momentum and spread throughout the globe.
The photo has been used globaly to highlight the need to look after our planet and has now taken on its own identity. A day none of us will ever forget, the beauty and raw power of nature.
See more of Martin's work at this link.
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