I had a great photoshoot with drummer Andy Gray yesterday! It was a shoot that was testament to the resilience of creatives in the face of adversity. Andy’s bad back and my multitude of medical annoyances were NOT going to get in the way of the creative photoshoot we had planned!
Using the rehearsal space at Firespark Studios with the wonderful Julia K has allowed me to get back to a style of photography that I have always loved. For me, portraiture needs to tell a story. Sometimes a minimalist, subtle image can carry that story in a far more powerful way than a traditional portrait. Andy’s drumsticks are an extension of himself, in much the same way as my camera is now, or my brush was when I was painting.
When you stick with the thing you love, not just what you do, but who you are, the means by which you choose to express yourself aren’t just tools any more. The connection becomes organic. I am my art. Julia is a spark of creativity and Andy is his music!
I tried a few different creative processing styles for this little long-tailed tit, but in the end I think maybe less is more. Photographed at Tice’s Meadow Nature Reserve on Saturday for this Monday’s weekly challenges from Wex Photo Video and Fotospeed.
My little patch of Surrey didn’t get much snow but there was just enough to capture a few wintry scenes at Bushy Park on Friday morning. Not a single heron in sight by Heron Pond! The gulls had left some interesting tracks in the light snow cover on the frozen pond and the scene really lent itself to a minimalist, high-key process. This one’s for both ShareMondays and the Fotospeed challenge this week.
I’m fascinated by seed heads! I think these are the remains of verbena bonariensis (vervain), a tall purple-flowered plant that is loved by bees and butterflies. It was quite an ethereal sight seeing the twisting stems dancing in the breeze against the hazy clouded skies. I knew it would make a beautiful, minimalistic mono! The appearance of so many seedheads really heralds the coming transition of the seasons. Such a hot summer has sped up this transitional period! I think many of the insects will be greatly relying upon the late flowering plants, such as ivy, this year. If you’ve been growing verbena for butterflies this year, here’s a helpful link for how to harvest the seeds for next year. I’m sharing this image for today’s Fotospeed challenge.
A bit of horticultural minimalism for Blue Monday and this week’s Wex Mondays challenge. I shot this image of agapanthus and nerines at the RHS Wisley Flower Show last week. The clean lines and soft tones of pastel-blues within the planting, set against the small garden shed, really drew me into the display from the Hoyland Plant Centre. They are the holders of The National Plant Collection for agapanthus , tulbaghia and nerines. This small and understated display showed what excellent growers they are and drew many visitors eyes away from some of the more vibrant and complex show gardens. I’ve tried to capture the essence of their garden in my composition. In short, it was Simply Beautiful!
When the sun sets on London, the city is revealed in another light. The simple lines of structures like the Golden Jubilee Bridges, that run alongside the Hungerford rail bridge, belie the sophisticated engineering, both historic and modern, that are hidden from our eyes by the dark.