So, further to Part 1 of this piece and the elation of getting six images shortlisted in Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2014, many will probably think it fairly unforgivable of me to even consider writing a single word about the pain of rejection and deflation after achieving something like that. And I have to admit I agree to a point – it sits slightly awkwardly with me. But I can’t help it. Those nagging deep rooted doubts that your photography isn’t as worthy as you think it is and feeling once again some of your best images were passed over and cast aside in a few moments, not considered to be interesting enough, presented nothing new, lacked subtlety, story telling, or worst of all was just an ‘also ran’ others have done better before. Of course the judges don’t approach things quite in those terms, but personally I can’t help that emotional bond with some of my images that means I want to scream “YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS!!!”.
I go through periods where I feel compelled to return to either woodland, rolling landscape or the sea. I started to get the call for the minimalist views of the Norfolk coast and eventually I found myself planning a trip to Wells-Next-The-Sea.
Spring got into full swing during April and I could finally put to good use my 720nm Infrared converted Nikon D800, which I refer to as my D800IR. Infrared light reacts with Chlorophyll, the agent found naturally occurring in foliage, and Spring is a wonderful time of year for a creative difference when the leaves start to show themselves again.
After the photographically challenging period through February where I seemed to really struggle to find something I liked for weeks, March turned into an immense month photography wise. There is no doubt that come the end of the year I would probably be able to pick half of my favourite images from the sessions I had in this month – and sometimes you only need a few hours to fill a card with a whole set of images which have impact or poise, the right drama or subtlety. I enjoyed a number of mornings where conditions just played into my hands. Being in the right place at the right time is critical to get the best images but when the weather helps you deliver then things get a little easier.
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.
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 was contacted relatively recently by the editor of Outdoor Photography Magazine who asked to carry out an interview for their series of landscape Photographers which has now been published in the May edition of the magazine.
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…