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Why we photograph the sunrise every morning

On the 9th of May 2005 my beautiful daughter Ella was born which obviously changed my sleep pattern. Any new parent will tell you that nothing can prepare you for the change especially if you don’t just want to roll over and ignore the cry of your new baby but want to be fully involved.

It was about a month after this wonderful day that I started My First Day, June the 21st at 3.30am to be exact. Five years later I can still remember being excited as soon as I woke up and thinking, this is it the start of something very special.

A week later after getting up at this crazy time every day I was starting to flag and getting up was not so easy. Friends were laughing saying “well Ella will get you up so it won’t be a problem” This was true but Ella also got me up at 12, 1.30am and 3am so when my alarm went off at 3.30am I was like the living dead.

During this initial period my Dad came to stay and wanted to know more about this mad idea of mine. (To be fair he’d heard a few) So we decided that he would come out with me on a dawn raid. I gently knocked on his door at 3.45am and he murmured something and rolled over so I let him be and headed down the beach. This is what he missed and to this day it is still the most amazing sky I have ever seen.

Five years on and now called The Day That there are three of us that share the photography which means we all get to recharge our batteries.

Each of us has our idiosyncrasies when it comes to getting up on time.

I am known and have been seen to run up the road in my wellies after sleeping in just a little. I can’t kick my habit of the snooze button and my lovely wife gives me a gentle kick, which I am sure is more about stopping me having another snooze session than lovingly helping me on my way. What has surprised me is that I have never missed a sunrise and even when I’m late I always arrive just at the optimum time.

Chris and Gary are very similar in their pattern as they arrive at their chosen spot usually in complete darkness, never wanting to miss the magic that is the first glimmers of light and the start of the pre dawn. The first glimmer of light is usually my second snooze opportunity.

About a year ago, and I admit this freely I was struggling to keep my enthusiasm going. Chris told me something that I still do to this day. He said that what he does is lift his head off his pillow, swing his legs round and plant his feet firmly on the ground and think “This is my time” and get up. I’ve been doing this ever since. I still have my snooze time but hey that’s me.

But what really gets us up and being creative at unearthly times is the knowledge that someone somewhere is going to have a most fantastic day,whether it be a birth of a baby or a wedding day. That’s how we keep getting up at this ridiculous time,  we are capturing the start of that day…. Fantastic!

 

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