Winter can be a beautiful time of year, yet at the same time dark, depressing, crowded, lonely, frustrating; a time of reminiscing, hope, magic, contemplation and despair.
Many of my images explore these themes and emotions. My inspiration is often nature's elegant majesty, unforgiving harshness, silent serenity and more - aspects which are all the more evident during this hindmost season.
Nature can also provide the lesson that, no matter how bad things seem, life
Nothing is forever, the wheel always turns, and what once was comes again.
This image originated from the palette of photos I captured when working on v2 of my Spirits in the Woods panel. I was experimenting with one idea when I saw potential for another, and took things in a different direction.
I've done a quick write-up showing the stages the image went through.
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 write-up.
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.