Do you ever feel your subconscious mind drives some of your image captures? Do you sometimes take an image not really quite sure why you are taking it but driven by …intuition?
Take today’s image. Two weeks ago on probably the only day this month that might be called ‘typical’ of March – dry, fleeting glimpses of sun, and with the temperature nudging double figures in Celsius – we went to our local National Trust gardens for a walk. Along with a good café, there is a craft shop selling a range of NT branded item and ‘arts and crafts’ goods. Parked in the corridor outside the shop was some shelving on which sat a variety of items to tempt one inside. Amongst them were a couple of oversized balls (5inches of so in diameter) of what at first glance looked like woven wool. Wrong! On closer inspection they were far too heavy for wool. My wife got there before me: ‘It’s a Door Stop’, she said. That explained the loop extending from the ball: a ‘handle’ to grab it by.
Something inside me said ‘Take it’. I readjusted its position, turning it round to hide the price tag, clearing a space on the shelf so that it was isolated. And I ‘Took’ it. It just looked ‘interesting’ in a vague sort of way.
Back home I loaded the day’s images and started processing. Always a voyage of discovery and experimentation, and as is so often the case I worked with no pre-decided end point in mind. And slowly the image evolved. And the further I developed the processing, the more I liked what I saw. And finally I realized why I had taken that image.