Saturday, 26 August 2017

The Sea


I have lived on the coast for virtually all my life but for one reason or another the thought of being in the sea always scared me so much that swimming was a definite no-go area for me. Even now I cannot get into water to waist height without an overwhelming sense of panic.

I'm telling you this because I've noticed that although many of my photographs tend to be on the dark side when processing (as well as in subject matter) the sea is something that I almost always portray in a dark and threatening way without realising I'm doing it. I guess the subconscious mind has a way of making itself felt even when we are not aware of it.













Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Doll


On the previous incarnation of this blog I posted some pictures of a doll's head I found washed up among the reeds after some stormy weather and I'm re-posting a couple of them again along with some newer ones from recent outings.

I did give some thought as to whether to post the newer ones as It's not my intention to offend or upset anyone, I'm just experimenting with the subject of a broken doll to see how many different and interesting pictures I can get from this one subject.





















Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kathleen



It's plain to see, the sun won't shine today
But I ain't in the mood for sunshine anyway
Maybe I'll go insane
I got to stop the pain
Or maybe I'll go down to see Kathleen.

A swallow comes and tells me of her dreams
She says she'd like to know just what they mean
I feel like I could die
As I watch her flying by
Ride the north wind down to see Kathleen.

Stars hang high above, the oceans roar
The moon is come to lead me to her door
There's crystal across the sand
And the waves, they take my hand.
Soon I'm gonna see my sweet Kathleen.

Kathleen - Townes Van Zandt






Monday, 7 August 2017

The edge of things





Sometimes it’s good to be on the edge of things rather than in the thick of it. You can see so much more when you position yourself on the periphery as opposed to being buried in the middle of whatever is going on. 

In my photography I seem to always be drawn to the edge of things, be it where the land meets the sea, the sea meets the sky or man-made boundaries that define the ending of this and the beginning of that.

In tune with my love of all things decaying and broken, as well as the defining edge to things, fences have become a project of mine, the more broken and dilapidated the better. I can’t resist making a photograph of a broken fence when I find one, it’s just one of my little quirks I suppose but one that I’m more than happy to live with.

It’s also becoming apparent to me that images in black & white now seem to be my default position, and in particular, using the square format. I have no idea how this will develop in the future, will all my pictures be square mono renditions or is it a phase that will pass? I have no idea but the journey is what counts, not the destination.


















Not everything is b&w squared just yet, here's a colour one to prove it.





Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bindweed




Common plants can often be overlooked in the quest to make interesting photographs but they really can make some of the best subjects. Take Bindweed for instance, not only common but also regarded as a pest by many and yet I wonder how many people stop to look at it in detail, taking the time to really see what this plant has to offer.

I spent half a day within a 20 metre stretch really looking at the bindweed growing there and trying to make photographs and below are some of the images I produced during that session. They may not be a gardener’s friend but they certainly gave me a lot of pleasure. 

The pictures were made by finding subjects in good sunlight and with a dark shaded background.