On the verges beside the bridle way last year’s grasses and wild flowers, dead or decaying, frequently form interesting patterns that normally we ignore or, most often, just don’t see.
Monthly Archives: February 2012
The message is clear: the farmer would rather you didn’t cross his field, but if you do so will you please fasten the gate. I was attracted by the texture – the gate is almost tactile and contrasts with the strands of the twine – and by the colours. OK the colours have been saturated a little to make the point.
I shot this photo because I liked so much the textures and pattern, but I would love to be able to name the component elements, such as the types of lichen, the black dots, the pale grey etc.
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It is a constant source of amazement that the ebbing sea can leave behind such intricate patterns in the sand.
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Years – decades? centuries? – of pruning and layering have produced writhing confusion at the base of this hawthorn but it has fought back with gusto.
This image was initially an unsuccessful photo of a ‘cow parsley’ seed head protruding through the snow. To ‘rescue’ it I decided to remove the texture of the snow and heighten the contrast. There was little improvement, but when I flipped it horizontally and rotated it 90 degrees anti-clockwise the eccentric ice skater emerged. Just a bit of fun!
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The snow, frost and fog have all gone – at least for the time being. I feel a return to a little colour would be appropriate.
For me, a favourite aspect of photography is exploring the texture and patterns of natural objects – pebbles, crystals, seaweed, plants etc – and using these elements to create abstract images. I hope that the viewer will respond instinctively rather than seek a logical or representational interpretation. (See Just think about it! (2))
I would like to recapture that freshness of vision which is characteristic of extreme youth when all the world is new to it. Matisse