Here’s another new feature that I’m going to be running on my blog, something which I’ve been meaning to get around to for some time…

It’s fair to say I’m usually quite prolific with my own photography, I’ve honed my eye enough so that it isn’t very often that I come home too disappointed with my efforts. I do however still look at a lot of photographs each month and during that process consciously and subconsciously form ideas and artistic scenarios in my own mind.

I’ve two objectives here;

1. Highlight a handful of what I consider to be top class images from other photographers which I believe are of particular note each month.
2. In doing so, provide a sprinkling of insight into what it is I personally find inspirational, and perhaps in that process pass on some of that inspiration too.

Each month I intend to show just three photographs which I think are very worthy of some additional attention. They’re not necessarily scenes taken during the review month as it were, but one way or another grabbed my eye nonetheless. All photographs are clickable back to their source on Flickr…

Photograph 1 – “Woodland Wanders” by Mark Littlejohn
Woodland Wanderings

Woodland Wanderings

I just have to start with this majestic woodland image from one of my long standing favourite photographers, Mark Littlejohn. I absolutely love the dark feel to this, but there is also plenty of contrast and natural colour depth here too and the square crop works perfectly. I have a total mental block on square composition, I know what I like when I see it, but have tremendous difficulty ‘seeing’ in these terms. The photograph takes advantage of some really lovely low morning light – it’s a look I’m often trying to achieve one way or another; side light is your friend.

Photograph 2 – “Summer Morning At Thirlmere” by Colin Bell
Summer Morning At Thirlmere

Summer Morning At Thirlmere

This one just has the feel of a perfect morning to me. What I really like about this is those trees to the left – there’s plenty of mist in the frame but we still get to clearly pick out every detail on them which creates a defined point of focus and interest. There’s also plenty of colour in the frame without it running riot. I’m not generally a fan of the ‘nuclear’ look and Colin delivers here with total subtlety and poise. I’ve already told him I’ve no doubt we will see this in the Landscape Photographer Of The Year book in 2015.

Photograph 3 – “Barn” by Darren Moore
Barn

Barn

To finish up this month is this stunner from Darren. Again, I’ve been a long admirer of his work. He pulls this type of image off with aplomb – I particularly like the subtle warm tones he often introduces to his mono work, giving them a little lift. Imagery like this is so simple yet so effective – that snaking ‘S’ shape towards the barn works so well here as does that feeling of minimalistic depth with the tree line right in the background. It’s another ‘stop you in your tracks’ photograph for me…