And so we come to the last day of 2012. I can hardly believe it: another year gone. Time for a review of this past year. I file all the images that I ‘post’ on this blog in a separate folder on my hard drive, and in the chronological order in which they were posted. That way I can glance back through the year and see what I’ve been up to.
Increasingly the images that give me the most pleasure are the ones that happen – the ones I’m not expecting, the ones that are due to serendipity, sometimes the result of not just carrying the camera but having it switched on and ready to shoot in an instant. So here are twelve images (shot since Jan 2012), that have been posted through the year, and that have given me real pleasure to stumble upon. These are the images that are, I believe, the consequence of deliberately trying to cultivate a ‘seeing eye’ – searching for images in the world around me, seeing it through eyes that search for rectangular snippets from the world through which I travel. I hope you enjoy them.
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Last January we re-visited a local lake late in the afternoon and discovered this extraordinary fresco on one of the pillars of an overpass. The light beyond was magical.
A few weeks later I was skiing in Zermatt and on descending back to the village on a misty day, I looked up at the Matterhorn and saw this ethereal image. Magical light again.
In our travels to Europe we pass through Geneva Airport regularly. This used to be a dire place to spend a couple of hours – not so now. I look forward to leaving the wife with the luggage and walking through the departure lounges looking for reflections. This was one of the first I found and remains one of my favourites.
Not long after that image I was back at Heathrow Airport late at night in the Arrivals lounge – hardly anyone else was there. I pocketed the camera ‘just in case’ and found this:
Visiting the V&A Museum in London I was in one of the main eating areas and was amused by the juxtaposition of this partially clad, confused-looking lady amongst everyday folk. It immediately suggested to me the concept of mistaking the ‘Dress Code’.
The next image is the only one in this set that was the result of a specific shoot: to experiment with panning, but this avenue of trees was not something I expected. I like the fluidity of the ground that suggests that the trees are growing in a swamp – whereas it is in fact dry ground.
A trip to Hidcote and I saw the potential for an image at the far end of the garden and waited for a figure to pass this spot (actually my wife).
Back in London at the Photographers Gallery just off Oxford Street I walked back up the staircase, camera in hand and switched on, and walked into the top gallery. A man stood at the window looking out. I had less than five seconds to grab this before he turned.
Back in Zermatt in the summer, another unexpected find as we walked under a high wire in an Adventure park. A quick scurry around was required to line up the high wire walker and the sun to grab this image.
‘Grab’ is the operative word for the next image too. Descending the main staircase at ‘Charlecote Park’ I looked back up at the vast sweep of the staircase and the net curtains beyond, just as a man came in to view. He tilted his head very obligingly at precisely the right moment.
A few weeks later I was at Hampton Court Palace on a guided tour. A place that must see thousands of images taken every day. I wanted something slightly different. The guide was talking, I turned round to see this lady taking an image through the window. It was just the image I was looking for.
Finally Autumn. My wife suggested I should go to the Supermarket car-park for some images of the Autumn leaves. I did as she suggested although the light was not good and I was not optimistic. There was little that attracted me until I spotted this leaf spinning on a spider’s filament in mid air. On most occasions I would have swotted this away but something about it attracted my attention. A single leaf suspended.
Twelve from Twelve. What will the new year bring? One thing is for certain – a fact that will ring true with all of you who read this – what we image in the coming year will include many images we never expected to find. We just have to be alive to the possibilities that come our way.
A very Happy New Year to you all. And thanks for viewing. If you want to stay in touch then do please click the Subscriptions widget in the sidebar and sign up.