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Edd Allen, Giannis Gogos, John Barton & Steve Gray
I am a amateur photographer residing in Eastbourne, East Sussex. I spend as much time as possible exploring the local woodland and coast lines. With the South Downs and Friston Forest not too far from home, I have spent a lot of time getting to know my local area. My passion for photography and the outdoors only seems to increase and I hope to venture further into what East Sussex has to offer soon.
I am a ‘’dedicated amateur’’ photographer based in northeastern Greece. In 2008 I had to buy for my main profession a digital camera and a macro lense. This is how I got into photography…
Having been and still remaining an amateur photographer in this field gives me the luxury to set aside its commercial use. It allows me to take risks, to have no fear of failure and consider my relation to photography and nature.
John is a retired Teacher who spends his time creating images from a wide variety of subjects, but with particular concentration on Landscape and Architecture as the main themes. He is as comfortable in the urban jungle as the great outdoors where no buildings exist!
Steve Gray is a landscape photographer who spends most of his time exploring his local Herefordshire landscape. Sometimes he wanders further afield too.
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Friston Forest has become a home away from home for me over the last year. I have walked through the trees more times than I can remember, and have formed a somewhat love-hate relationship with the woodland. Friston is a wonderful place to walk, away from the crowds.
But the forest can also be extremely frustrating, appearing lifeless and over crowded with trees and foliage. I have had many unsuccessful visits there where inspiration has ceased and motivation has faded, but also many splendid outings where everything has fallen into place. I have always tried to convey the atmosphere created by the different conditions I am dealt, and am fascinated by how much a scene can change throughout the year.
I have been particularly drawn to the Winter transformation and how the forest becomes an almost unrecognisable desolate wasteland, but beautiful none the less.
Each mid November the last act of the seasons' circle begins. It is a period of transition. The weather changes; the chilling atmosphere of October becomes harsher. The winds are colder and more intense and rain will progressively become snow as the temperature drops day by day. Last leaves fall off the trees quietly, and those that are left on the brunches look like they know their fate.
November reminds me that autumn is the season of death. It is nature's epilogue, its last words. Soon, snow will cover everything underneath it...
Until spring, when life will rise again!
Image 1, Glyder Fawr Edge and Llyn Idwal.
Image 2, Glyder Fach and Llyn Bochlwyd.
Image 3, Llyn Idwal and Y Garn.
Image 4, Tryfan and Llyn Ogwen.
The Glyderau (a Welsh plural form, also known in English as the Glyders) are a mountain group in Snowdonia, North Wales. The name derives from the highest peaks in the range, Glyder Fawr and Glyder Fach.
The Glyderau include five of Wales' fourteen or fifteen summits over 3000ft; The eastern half of the range in particular, including Glyder Fawr, Glyder Fach and Tryfan, is very popular with walkers and climbers, including three Lakes (Llyns), Bochlywd, Ogwen and Idwal.
I went on a snowy day, walking a circular route via Llyn Bochlwyd (known as Lake Australia because of its shape), which gave me the spectacular view of Llyn Idwal before my descent to it.
All images were taken with a 10-24mm Fuji lens on a Fuji X-T1 to capture the wider landscape.
Time Among Trees
These four images reflect my deep fondness and reverence for trees. Each of the images shown were made when sharing a few brief moments with a tree (or trees) was all that occupied my mind. I hope they convey a sense of connection to the subject and the emotions experienced at the time. Toning the images in post-production helps me portray a personal interpretation of the scene.