It’s a year to the day (23 Sept) since I launched this blog and wondered if it would turn out to be a very bad idea, a waste of time and effort, or a moment of madness that would see the blog soon abandoned. What did I think would happen? Sadly I didn’t write down a prediction for a year later, and if I had I am sure it would have been wildly wrong.
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The bare statistics (182 posts, 19,000 hits) tell one story but not the full one: which is that I have been inspired by the contacts I have formed and maintained with many fellow photographers scattered around the globe. A fresh gallery of images lands in my Inbox every day: I find exposure to the many different genres of photography – examples of which I see daily – is the lifeblood of inspiration. Over 200 people now subscribe to my blog. I value and greatly appreciate those of you who visit or comment or ‘like’ my work. In return I have been delighted to post my thoughts and appreciation of your photography. Thank you all for sharing and being a part of an extraordinary journey over the last year.
I know that the scope, range and processing skills of my output has benefited from the last year – I have learnt a lot through inter-action with you all. We never stop learning. My photography has never been so catholic, or my tastes so eclectic.
Sometimes I wish I was single-minded in my style and I admire those who have found a genre that they have made their own and for which they are ‘known’. But then I was never one to stay fixed for long – I have always sought new challenges or opportunities and that mind-set leads me naturally to want to capture ‘images’ when and wherever they happen to be. Photography has never been so much fun as it is now.
And so to the images that populate this Anniversary post (with links to the original Posts if you wish to read more). It’s been difficult to select just 13 – from the 11 full months and two part months that this blog has been running – from over 600 images that I have posted. I’ve chosen a set that dips into the various areas of photography that interest me, and to some extent they outline my photographic journey over the last 45 years or so.
Starting from the top of this post. The first image is from my very first post – In the Beginning – showing the extraordinary Dawn seen from the Matterhorn Hut back in the late 1960s. That, and the second image taken in the Himalayas, which I visited for the first time in 1969 (Like Father like Son) were the driving force behind my love of High Mountains and the desire to capture them on camera. I also learnt to ski as a teenager and although pressure of work meant winter holidays were in abeyance for many years, those days are over and I now ski at least twice a year. A camera is always with me and B&W images from the ski slopes (image 3 above from On the Piste in Black and White) take me back to the days when my output was predominantly home produced 20”x16” B&W prints. It’s hardly surprising that with my love of high mountains, places like Chamonix, Saas Fee and particularly Zermatt are like second homes to us now. The Matterhorn in particular never ceases to inspire. Image below from The Love of High Mountains.
Closer to home, it’s the beauty of the changing of the seasons that inspires. Whether it is the translucent leaves and Blossom of Spring, the colours of summer, or the last leaves of Autumn – image below from Mirroring Autumn captured with a 500mm Mirror lens.
Even in the depths of winter a local walk at sundown, with hoar frost still on the ground can result in atmospheric images. Image below from Hoar Frost.
In retirement, there is plenty of time to take life at a more leisurely pace and visit new places any day of the week, and to enjoy the art of others in outdoor installations. The image below called ‘The Kingdom’ by Paul Fryer exhibited at Sudeley Castle impressed me greatly. See Installations of Outdoor Art.
And sometimes it is intriguing just to stand and watch our fellow art lovers in their travels around museums. This next image from the Ashmolean in Oxford. Visiting the Museum.
Now that I seldom go anywhere without a camera in my pocket, my ‘Seeing Eye’ alights on Images in unexpected places – particularly show windows. The next image is one of my favourites, posted in Window Dressing.
And occasionally there are people to be found. This child’s delight at running between the fountains in a London square being an example. See Fountains of Fun.
Geometry, design, or line are features I am always on the look out for. Sometimes I find this in London’s tall buildings, as in this image of the Wellcome Trust HQ on Euston Road. See Glass Houses.
Or in an unusual one, where processing – in this case Solarization – exploits the design features and brings them into dramatic focus. See Exoskeleton.
Finally it is the incidental findings – the visual abstracts – that I go looking for and find in the most unlikeliest of places. This last image from Waiting to Fly being of Geneva Airport.
There will be more of all these genres to come in the year ahead, I confidently hope. It has been good to have your company during the last year. Thanks to you all. Stay tuned.
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