In search of a new approach for my ‘Odonata’ project I spent a hot afternoon at the Tarn on the slopes of Beacon Fell. I didn’t see any dragonflies but got a sense of their presence.
Boggy Wood has been ravaged. So many of the trees have fallen over since I last visited a couple of days earlier.
Another brief visit to the local coast, this time to St Annes on Sea at high noon…
A quick visit to the beach at Ainsdale during the blue hour gave me this set of images. I used Intentional Camera Movement and long exposures to craft my stories.
This project has been dragging it’s feet somewhat and I’m relieved that Homestead’s direction is now becoming firmer. I’m certainly going to be shooting with monochrome in mind, perhaps even split toned.
These pools are of vital importance to the lives of the local natterjack toads, yet they are held in a state of transition. The dunes that protect these pools from the tides are themselves slowly rolling landwards and will eventually consume the pools. New pools will generate in the willowbeds as this process happens.
Shot at Southport with the simple aim of capturing the subtle winter colours of the marram grasses. The darkening sky provided a perfect foil.
The mist cleared rather too quickly for my liking, but I managed to create a few monochromes.
Shooting such colourful blooms in black and white may seem a little odd however I wanted the focus here to be on the fine structure of the flowers and the early spring chaos of the pasture. Colour is another story altogether.
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out no matter how much time is invested in the piece. This image is a case in point. A practise shot for my Nightfalls project it’s of a small waterfall in a local valley which needed a two hour exposure. I knew when I set up that it wasn’t exactly…
Another visit to the woodland, this time to work with a small area where the trees had been taken by the gales. This is a rather hodge podge collection but it is what it is and I want to share this as I envisioned the pieces.
I chose to visit the forest on a particularly drizzly day to see what I could find to progress my Moss Erotica project and these few images are the result of the trip. I used split toning in Lightroom to enhance the images and chose a particularly low viewpoint to capture the shots using a…
I spotted these during a late afternoon with my wife but it was far too near dark to return and take shots. I determined to revisit the following morning. However it turned out to be raining with a stiff breeze blowing in off the lake peppering my front element with droplets. The willows from which…
I was struck by the patterns which the reflections and underwater rocks made in this snowy lakeside scene. Looking back on the images, and with the chosen title in mind, I feel somewhat unnerved by the images. This interests me, the way an image can convey a stronger emotion than was felt at the time.
These shots are the result of a simple wander around a local forest with my ‘take everywhere’ camera, the Olympus PenF. As a rule I always work on the raw files and bring my vision to life in Lightroom but on this occasion I chose to keep it really simple. My goal was to capture…
This was very much an unplanned, on the hoof shoot grabbed en route to deliver a set of fine art prints. I almost didn’t leave the car due to the dense freezing fog but, despite concerns that I may not easily find my way back of the moors, I decided to give it a try…
A cold, rainy day along the flooded banks of Rivington Reservoir taking in the gothic grime of the fallen castle.
Again in the rain from my favourite Mere Sands Wood hide. At least I had the whole reserve to myself.
We meet at last. Finally I come face to face with the Yarrow Valley kingfisher. Not the best shot ever but it matters to me, being my first ever.
Again, I work on Moss Erotica, a project which is shapeshifting with every visit. Moss Eros. Erotica for Mosses. Where is this journey into the smaller realm taking me?
Not that I’m short of a personal project to work with, but I couldn’t say no to this when it came and took me over in the darkness of Gordale Scar. Shooting waterfalls in the black of night will be both entertaining and educational for me.
Once again I find myself chasing a kingfisher but finding ducks. To amuse myself I turn my attention to the moorhens that about at Yarrow Valley Country Park and, having just been studying Oriental art philosophy thought I’d try a willow pattern style!
Just the results of a wintery wander around Anglezarke Lake one dull morning.
This personal project seems to be dragging its feet, or perhaps it’s me! I’m trying to get under the skin of what I’m trying to say and slowly finding my way. This set of monochromes were taken on this wet rainy day.
A night time shoot on the beaches of Ainsdale near Southport.
Found in a local ancient woodland amongst the devil’s bit scabious.
Today I was the early bird.
Sometimes I find a place that holds its own energy, somewhere that creeps up on you and unnerves the core of your sensibilities. This dark pool was one such being.
The big black slug, Arion ater. A voracious forager of woodland detritus stalked through the mosses with my 400mm.