A panel intended to emphasise feelings, impressions, moods and memories.
View the Panel
Photographs frequently use differential focus and sharpness to communicate their
subject, but this was an exercise in not doing so.
The images were selected from a shortlist of about three dozen,
each deliberately unfocused at time of shooting (because it's not about
any individual tree, branch or leaf), with minimal processing
performed, reducing distractions, but not removing flaws,
because nature isn't perfect.
Spirits in the Woods is a panel of manipulated photos I originally put together
eight years ago, when I entered my first annual exhibition organised by
Croydon Camera Club.
Not having entered the exhibition for several years, due to various reasons, but
with this year being the 125th anniversary of the club, I made the effort to
enter the Photo 2015 exhibition with a re-imagining of that panel.
View the Panel
It's the same theme and ideas, reworked into four images, and created from photos
I specifically went out and took for the panel. This was a first for me -
generally I'll go to take photos of whatever I might find, occasionally with
vague notions, but without a clear intent/goal. My previous panels were all put
together independent of the shooting stage.
Having set myself the aim of re-creating the panel, I made notes on what that
meant; what I wanted in it. I then decided on a location I hoped would provide
the necessary scenes, waited for appropriate weather, then went out solely to
get the shots for the panel.
Note: This write-up was made over six
months ago - the exhibition ended on 28th March - but circumstances have prevented
the article from being finalised and put online before now.
Exhibition aside, it was a good experience and I'm glad I did it. If you're
interested in details you can continue on to the full article for a
The exhibition ended last night, and it was a good show this year, with a lot of
excellent photos on display.
I did reasonably well - whilst I didn't win any of the trophies, two of my
images received certificates of merit, plus I received a panel certificate for
my "Elemental Views" panel.
This was a set of extra-wide landscapes with ratios between 4:1 and 8:1 -
showing that it is not necessary to stick to the 4:3 or 3:2 standard that comes
out of the camera, and photographers should instead consider what shape suits
the image best.
Both my print panel and digital set of images are now available to view online:
This coming Monday 9th March, I will be exhibiting a panel of photographs at
my Camera Club's annual exhibition, Photo 2009, to be held at the
Fairfield Hall in
In total there will be more than 150 mounted prints, plus over a hundred
slides and digital projected images. These latter two will be displayed when the
Exhibition is officially opened by Damian Demolder (Editor of
Amateur Photographer), at
20:00 on Monday the 9th.
The prints will be available to look at all week long, at any time that
Fairfield Hall is open - starting on the morning of Monday 9th and running until
the evening of Saturday 14th.
The exhibition and opening event are both free to attend, and with
Croydon Camera Club regarded
as one of the best clubs in the region, there are sure to be some excellent
pictures on display.
Anyone remotely interested is strongly encouraged to visit.
View the full article for
a sneak preview.
Update: For the full panels see my post
Elemental Views & Stormy Weather.
Well the exhibition has ended now, and I'm happy with the reception my images got. Whilst it wasn't undying praise, the general consensus seemed to match my own opinions of my prints, which is always a good thing. :)
Here's a photo of my panel:
I was pleased that the exhibition judge came up to me on the opening night and let me know he liked where I was going with the prints, though pointed out that the print quality needs attention (it does; I need to get some decent printing paper instead of Jessops brand stuff).
For anyone wanting to see the images properly, I have thrown together a little webpage containing my panel, entitled Spirits In The Woods.