Wow, get me, outside in the big wide world. No close ups, just beautiful English countryside.
This photograph reminds me of tradition, of bygone days. It also reminds me of how Nature is in charge. We adjust to living alongside Nature, not the other way round. The landscape up here is as it has been for hundreds of years. We carve out little niches for ourselves always keeping a cautious eye on Nature. Or is it that Nature is keeping an eye on us.
These are two of my favourite images. Why? Because I love how Nature takes hold on abandonment. This is how our world would be if there were no humans. Not such a bad thing. Enlightenment can come in many forms.
Another glorious day and another glorious walk down the dene with good friends. The light was so beautiful. And the peace, it was like being in heaven. And as the year goes on it can only get better as summer is just around the corner and soon everything will be looking beautiful.
I am constantly drawn to the woods and although everything looks so good I cannot help but look for the little things. I don’t think I will ever tire of getting down on the ground and taking photographs of the things that we quite happily walk past and ignore.
An early morning start to the day, 6.30 am to be precise, and a walk down amongst Nature. The perfect start to a day off. Clears the mind and brings peace to the soul. And my beloved close ups. And yes of course I went back to bed. After a cup of tea of course.
Sometimes I get a feeling of having been here before. I often think if you don’t look at the main focus of the photo but look at the outskirts, the blur, the shadows, you will see me.
I seem to spend every waking moment thinking of the dene. It is becoming almost like an obsession, a happy obsession I hope. I am eager for sunshine, warmth, and life everywhere. Hurry up trees. I want to see you in all your glory. It is good for the soul. I want to try some new stuff too. Introduce something different to my photographs, take them to the next level. I want to experiment, put something of the inner being into them. That is the next step on the journey. And people, I might just include people into my photos.
Back into the dene on one of my now regular walks, often accompanied by good friends too. Tramping through the mud, discovering new places, new myths and, of course, taking one or two photographs along the way. Admittedly most of them were of ferns. I am fascinated by them. Can’t you tell. They are so mysterious, so delicate, so pretty. And they are everywhere. One day when us humans are all gone the world will be covered by them. How wonderful would that be? Only I won’t be around to take any photographs, but maybe I’ll be buried under one and then my spirit can live on, through the fern. What glory? To live on in Nature. The end of the road. What a fitting end.
Apparently the country has been hit by a storm, Doris I believe they call it. So there’s nothing else to do but sit on the settee and have tea and cake. Oh and share a recent image that I took. I have been sharing some of my images with people both here at home and across the world in the form of postcards. With all the technology that we have around us now that is something that I miss, receiving something through the post. That’s why I thought I would create postcards of my images and send them to whoever would like one. Lovers of photography, lovers of nature, lovers of my art even. I find it quite exciting to think of someone on the other side of the world having one of my postcards pop through the letterbox. Free art ! If you’re reading this and would like one of my images then drop me a line.
I think it is also part of my journey and my relationship with photography and art. The images that I have been taking have given me a new direction and have bridged the relationship between art (photography) and nature. Something that I have been trying to do for quite a while. I have a greater understanding of what I want to do and how I approach nature so I am looking forward now to exploring more of nature when the weather is a little better. I feel more of a closeness to nature now. Its a strange thing to explain but physically and mentally I have been attuned to nature for a long time. Photography is a great passion of mine, so it was natural to explore nature through taking photographs but I have struggled a little with finding a balance between both of them. Now I feel that I am achieving that balance which I also see as another step on the journey. And that balance is knowing what photographs I want to take and the enjoyment of taking those photographs and sharing with people.
This is a little bit of a cheat, as it was taken indoors, and the flowers belong to someone else. But I wanted to include it in my project because sometimes when we feel we are immersed in darkness good things, however small, come along and remind us how beautiful life can be.