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Charlotte has been away on the isle of Tiree off the West coast of Scotland over the last week, leaving me to look after the cats. They’ve mostly tolerated me, with the occasional stare, as if to say “You’re not a patch on the boss you know!”. But they get fed. And I’ve been getting the content out as she’s been enjoying the sunshine (Force 8 sunshine I’ve been told).
And Charlotte has been enjoying some time with her camera and tilt lens, making some minimal depth of field photographs of the beaches and azure blue waters. Comparing the weather she's experienced there, gales, showers and hail with bursts of intense sunlight, with what I’ve been getting, blustery winds and rain, reminds me of just how much the mountains mix up our weather.
David Unsworth, a painter in Onich who puts together the PDF for us, used to live in Grasmere and regularly found that they would stay in all day to avoid the rain when friends in the next valley are having barbeques in the garden.
So, it’s worth remembering, the sun is always shining somewhere. You just need to keep looking.
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There is movement here as well, lovely shallow curves of the headland that might continue up and around to the top left. Where are they taking us? Another beach, more sandy shore, water, or not? more
Photography is so ubiquitous, universal and essential to the normal functioning of modern life that it is easy to forget it has not been with us forever. We are still less than two hundred years from the birth of photography, and the world has changed almost unimaginably since then. While both science and art, photography’s contact with us all is normalised to such an extent, its role often seems exclusively utilitarian. George Eastman’s Kodak popularised the family snapshot and, directly more
There are several stages in the creation of an image, and all can have a substantial outcome on its final appearance and the impact to the viewer. The beginning is evident. We head out into the landscape with our cameras and we do this for several reasons. more
As for motivation, being able to say something about our fragile environment by making a photograph and it having an impact and meaning is it. more
This “Gran Adventura” was the single best event in my life and I wanted our readers/viewers to see the beauty, intrigue, and curiosities we experienced on a daily basis. So, I photographed what captured my eye while secretly hoping our friends and family would come to understand Mexico and Central/South America in a fresh and personal way. more
So what is it about those abstracts as landscapes that are so appealing, and how might that meaning be interpreted? more