An image today that could be described as Allegorical on one level. On another level it’s about rescuing success from the jaws of failure. But ultimately it is about having a clear idea of what you want to do with an image before you shoot it.
This image was not taken, it was assembled back home when I checked through the day’s pictures and saw a possibility that heat, a pint of beer and a bit of a hurry had failed to spot at the time.
How often do you shoot something with the simple thought: ‘I quite like that’, or ‘that’s worth a shot’ without any clear idea of what it is exactly that you like and how that ‘like’ translates into a worthwhile image? We all do it. This is a case in point.
I saw the arrow (it was there to direct walkers round the gardens of Woburn Abbey). To get a picture of it I had to hold the Canon G10 in front of me at chest height pointing straight down. Positioned like that I couldn’t see the viewfinder to line up the shot and the bright light made it difficult to even view what I had captured. I had quite a few attempts. In some I got my feet in the view (I really didn’t intend that), in some the arrow was crooked, and in some I lost the point of the arrow. I gave up.
Back home I discovered I quite liked my feet (please note that presciently I had cut my toe nails a few days earlier!). But when my feet were in the shot, the arrow’s point wasn’t. Aaarrgghh!
Nothing for it but a spell of hard work. You can see from the pair of images below that I faced a few problems. Both shots were crooked but differently crooked, and not of the same magnification. But determination set in and I arrived at the final composition.
It wasn’t until I had the final composition, that the penny finally dropped as to the potential hidden allegorical meaning and consequently a stab at a meaningful title.
There was then the final work to create a little bit of contrast between the dowdy feet and the brighter green-rimmed landscape around the arrow pointing the way forward.
And in case you are wondering: I’m not at a crossroads in life – the biggest decisions to make this weekend are whether to try and squeeze my ice axe and crampons into my suitcase, or hire them in the Alps.
And finally, apologies to those of you of a sensitive nature, for putting my feet on display in sandals. Actually these are hiking sandals and damn comfortable and I will be doing a lot of my Alpine walking in these. Excellent grippy soles, and cool feet with no blisters. It’s all about the acquired art of not shipping too many bits of grit between the sole and the sandal.
Have a good weekend. We are still enjoying a mini heat-wave here in the UK.