For many years I have been photographing the reflections in bodies of water all over Australia and whenever I travel overseas. Somehow looking into the water is much more interesting than looking across it. This image was taken last year on the Murray River at Euchuca in Victoria. I have been there twice and it was raining on both occasions. Despite the rain and the cold, or maybe because of it, the river was beautifully transformed with the reflections of the landscape hazy and the ripples caused by the rain mesmerising. Lately my mother has been ill and I turned to the images from this series and began to look at them in a different light. This photograph has become a metaphor for the melancholy sweetness that is present when one cares for an elderly loved one.

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Image detail: Gary Ramage