Its the end of the year and time to look back before tackling 2015 with hopefully renewed vigor, or at least have a few ideas to stay out of the usual funk for as much of the coming year as possible.
So photographically what did 2014 bring? Well my experimentation with intentional camera movement and multiple exposures carried on with some successes (images I liked, we’re not talking sales here), I shot some amazing weather conditions for the area, including space weather conditions (aurora & noctilucent clouds), shot a very nice wedding and had a very nice trip over to the Lake District courtesy of FStopLounge who I continue, if sparingly, to contribute articles for.
So the last few days I’ve been through my 2014 archives to pick out some images, these may not be considered my “best” work, but they are personal favourites that either stuck with me for some reason or sparked something within me to pursue a vision.
With it being difficult enough to select 10 images I liked nevermind order them, I’m listing these in order of date taken.
My one image that got through to the shortlist stage of Landscape Photographer of the Year (Take a View) taken on a very early morning jaunt to Holy Island in May.
Nik Software releasing a new version of Analog Efex Pro 2 certainly changed my game in 2014, this was one of the first and definitely not the last to benefit from its “toys”. Time seemed to be against me all summer and this day was my only trip around the Farne Islands of the year.
This year I feel like I was trapped at home a lot more than normal, and therefore many images in my 2014 archives were taken just walking distance from my house. This is easily a favourite from my home patch.
One of the years images that has really stuck with me since I made it back in June. It is the first in a series of three that told me a story. I have asked viewers to interpret it and say what they see in it, they have all been different, and most are different to the scene that I see. The very nature of photography doesn’t normally allow us to see our own scene as an abstract painting does, usually it is simply the scene that was in front of the camera, so making this image was a highlight of the year.
One of those “no chance to ever replicate” instances. Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) photography is extremely random, I can pretty much guarantee you will never replicate the same motion again and this is the case for this image. I REALLY wish I could, and then I would concentrate all my efforts on making a series – I’ve tried but no attempts have been close.. It seems like Dunstanburgh will indeed be the only ghost on the horizon…
Head a shoulders above the rest by being my favourite image of the year. For me it just, start to finish – Works! The sketchy look is random enough but still has obvious identity for the majority of people who know the building, the tones (on paper) are exactly what I aimed for, something like a mid 19th C. painting.
My trip over to the Lake District in October coincided with some poor weather conditions, especially on the day I arrived. In post-processing I decided to accentuate the feelings and I ended up with this look which I feel conveys a bleakness that I felt even though I was uplifted and excited by my surroundings having not been in them since I was a child – yes I don’t get out of Northumberland much!
A fairly straightforward multiple exposure made in the Lakes somewhere in the Great Langdale section. A personal favourite of the multiple exposures I made when I was there.
On the way home from the Lakes I called in at Steelrigg on Hadrians Wall to see what the scene was like at the well known Sycamore Gap. Fairly uninspiring, so it was ICM and multiple exposures to see what would appear! This was the most pleasing to me.
I’ll freely admit I’m not a tree shooter. I tried in 2014. We had some great thick foggy days in April where I quickly decamped to the nearby woodland, these were semi successful. However this tree image above is my favourite of the year. Taken when there was an intense cloud inversion locally and this image was made shooting down into the very edge of this inversion. Of course the colours of autumn were at their peak at this stage which added a bit more beauty nicely!
Here’s a two more that maybe deserve to be in there too as I’ve liked them since I made them and they haven’t weakened as time has gone by, like I feel a lot of my work does to me.
Well that was 2014. I wish you all health, happiness and success for 2015!
Whats on the cards for 2015?.. Hopefully an expansion on services offered, tuition possibilities and a trip to Harris in May which I’m already looking forward to!