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"'Tea by the Sea' is the third image in the series "Miles from Anywhere" exploring the differences between being alone and loneliness. Being alone is finding a sense of freedom in isolation. There is a certain fabulousness in being alone, enjoying your own company. Loneliness, on the other hand, creates an ache deep within us. Loneliness is the isolation created by unrequited needs.
The series depicts homes where somebody is more than likely to be living there, but exactly who is not always evident. It is also not obvious why these solitary out-of-the-way places, miles from anywhere, in particular, appear to be inhabited. What is evident is that something is going on, something is about to happen but what is not entirely clear.
'Tea by the Sea' is a relaxing and serene place to be, sitting outside with a cup of tea enjoying the sea air. But something is about to happen. Is someone about to come out of the house and disturb the peace, or will something happen out to sea, something that is not quite visible yet? The stage is set, the actors are nowhere to be seen, but something is definitely about to happen. What is it? You are invited to step onto the set and write the story from this point on." ~ Suellen Saidee Cook
Technical 'Tea by the Sea' consists of 112 layers comprising the combination of over 24 individual photographs. The layered file is 5.7GB. The landscape was photographed at Penguin on the spectacular north-west coast of Tasmania, as was the beautiful building which you can see as you drive through the main street of Penguin. The lighthouse is Table Cape Lighthouse (NW Tasmania) and the rock on which it stands is a slightly modified and scaled Stanley Nut. However, the scene in its entirety is completely fictional.