4 October 2018 at 4:21 pm (Surry Hills, Australia)

BY ROBERT CATTO

Personally, I’ve never been a fan. Of going out in the rain, of getting wet, I mean.

Swimming is fine - that’s different. It’s the sogginess, the smell of wet clothes, the waiting for your jeans to dry while you’re still in them.

But I have to admit, I quite enjoy photographing it.

The lengths people go to avoid getting wet themselves, umbrellas fighting against the gusty wind, jumping over puddles, racing through intersections to get to the next bit of cover - all those rituals, I quite enjoy watching. (Preferably from somewhere dry!) Plus of course, the reflections and refractions that come from wet surfaces.

Everything’s just a bit different in the wet. Everywhere around you, droplets burst, explode in every direction, attack you from the side when a gust directs them to, and a passing truck sprays your legs with puddle water.

Sometimes, though, it’s worth getting a little soggy.

Robert Catto

PO Box 806, Darlinghurst, NSW 1300, Australia

I'm a Canadian photographer now living in Sydney Australia, specialising in performing arts, live events, editorial and corporate / commercial work.