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David Ward – 10 Photographs

Part One

Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin

Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.

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David Ward

T-shirt winning landscape photographer, one time carpenter, full-time workshop leader and occasional author who does all his own decorating.


Tim: We’re here with David Ward and he’s allowed us to take a look through a few of his pictures and we will be discussing a few 'pertinents' about them here and there. Is that correct?

David: I’m not sure about pertinents?

T: No. Impertinents perhaps.

D: Oh right. Impertinents? Yes, thank you.

Eggum, Norway


T: And I’ve chosen a few and you’ve chosen a few, and we’re starting off with Eggum.

D:Yes, not the one in Berkshire or - I think it’s Berkshire, isn’t it? The one near Runnymede. But no! a place in Eggum in northern Norway.

T: It’s one of my favourite pictures of your recent crop; well, fairly recent. It’s about a year old, isn’t it?

D: Some are last year. Yeah... Okay, so now I’m going to ask you a question, then? Let’s turn tables.

T: Okay.

D: Why is it one of your favourite ones?

T: Why is it one of my favourite ones...? Two reasons. One, there’s an optical illusion going on that you see the large boulder and the small boulder so there’s a bit of cognitive dissonance between what you see above the surface and below the surface.

D: Yeah.

T: The other reason I like it is the highlights, the way you’ve used the passing light and the clouds to both rimlight the rock and also to act as an accent behind the grasses in the top left. And I just love the colour green, as well. Astonishing.

D: Green? I suppose it’s slightly green, isn’t it?

T: Greeny cyan perhaps

D: Well, that’s what I was aiming for.

T: Well, that’s good then, isn’t it? Next picture then. It’s not going to last very long, is it ...

D: Well, it’s in a little lake behind the …a lagoon at the back of the beach in Eggum. I was with a group and we originally went there to photograph the boulders on the beach. But it was kind of miserable and grey and not very interesting so we decided that we’d walk across towards the lake to see what we could see. And the water level was really quite high because it had been fairly disgusting weather. So some of the green that you can see in the background is actually plants that would normally be on dry land but are now drowned by the rising water level. I think the grasses that are poking up out of the water would actually, normally, not be in the water. They’re not reeds.


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