A month like February can be pretty challenging. It’s very much a winter month of course, isn’t altogether a lot of fun and finding any real colour at all in the landscape isn’t that easy. Photographically it was pretty flat for me but it didn’t stop me getting out just to breath anyway.
It’s been a savage winter in the UK, not so for its snow and ice but for its continual rain, high winds and storms. The first part of 2014 will be remembered for one thing – the volume of storm and water everywhere in the UK, but particularly in the South West.
I’ve decided to write a monthly blog entry on my favourite image for couple of reasons; 1) It’s way to hard to pick out the images that catch my eye at the end of the year and 2) it might just show some progression through the calendar. Maybe.
Inevitably it’s time for another one of those annual reviews. And if you ask me it’s an exercise which is both worthy and eye-opening. It’s not about self indulgence, it’s about self reflection, to help you see what’s come before and what might just pull your interest next. My view is that writing all of this down helps you to really understand your personal progression, forces you to look both backwards and forwards and hopefully enables you to see that things have indeed moved on, that there is growth in what it is you’re trying to say to the world and even a modicum of improvement in the way it’s being presented.
I’m very pleased to say that for the third year running I have been short listed for the Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year, it’s the competition that every landscape photographer in the UK wants to do well in. Last year I was featured in the Awards Book and my image Departure was selected as part of the exhibition at the National Theatre, London.
Following the news of my two Commended images at The Sony World Photography Awards 2013, it was a great pleasure to be contacted on the back of that by Nigel Morton, an editor from the Picture Desk at The Times, who asked if they could run a feature on some of my images to appear in the digital edition for iPads, Tablets and mobiles…
As the year draws to a close, it’s inevitable that we spend time reflecting on our lives and as photographers the journey we have taken through the passing months. It’s certainly been quite a big year from my point of view with a lot of changes in approach, equipment and finally ending up by wanting to inspire others and passing on much of what I’ve learned by launching a programme of workshops.