Monday 22nd June 2020
Another Monday in front of the computer editing video.
Typically around this time of year I would take a break from both photography and YouTube. Landscape photography is difficult during the summer months and a rest usually means I am fresh for the start of the autumn season
However, this year I am determined to make the most of summer. This is almost certainly due to the time lost during lockdown.
03:00 starts are not easy at the best of times. It pays to check and recheck the weather forecast before committing.
The problem is that the forecast is often wrong.
My plan for this morning had been to climb up Arthur’s Pike to photograph the sun rising over Penrith. But upon arriving at Helton Fell it became clear very quickly that the only thing that I would be photographing would be the driving rain.
Keen not to waste my early start I decided to scout out a few locations getting thoroughly soaked in the process.
Sometimes you just have to accept defeat.
Next week I have my first camera club talk with the Holmes Chapel Photographic Society so I spent the morning putting the finishing touches to my presentation.
After 4 and a half days without taking a photograph of note I just had to get out.
Conditions were far from ideal. Clear blues skies and the harsh midday sun. Even looking for black and white compositions didn’t work and I inevitably returned home empty handed.
However, this evening there was some good news. As of the 4th July hotels and campsites can re-open. Hopefully this means that it won’t be long before I can get back to something resembling normality.
Keen to get out and take some photographs this morning I found myself on top of Low Kop for sunrise. It was wonderful to be able to watch the sun peak out over the Pennines in the distance and difficult not to reflect on my decision to leave my old job.
Once the sun had risen I made my way to Wether Hill.
I am enjoying exploring the Far Eastern Fells. It is providing me with some interesting photographic challenges.
But perhaps Low Kop/Wether Hill was a step too far. Both are largely devoid of any features to build a photograph around. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable morning.
Some good news!
Following the announcement earlier in the week I have started to receive a few bookings for 1-2-1s. It is now time to think very carefully about how to make these as safe as possible.
On a slightly sadder note I was disappointed (if not surprised) to hear that Olympus are pulling out of the camera market.
As mobile phones continue to eat into the market it is becoming smaller and smaller. I fear this is won’t be the only camera manufacturer we will loose.
I am particularly sad for some of my friends that use their cameras. It seems to me that Olympus enjoys a brand loyalty rivalled only by Fuji.
My image of Otter Island has been causing quite a stir on Instagram. There has been much debate concerning the inclusion of the rock.
Initially I was unsure. But as time has passed I have started to lean towards leaving it in. I feel it adds a little extra interest and depth to the image.
Not everyone agrees with me.
Most people argue that it is distracting but I feel that the island carries enough visual weight to compete for the viewer’s attention. I thought I might put it to the vote and go with the consensus.
It then occurred to me that this was HUGE cop out.
As a photographer it is my job to present my vision of the world. To share the world as I see it. By listening too much to others I risk diluting what I put of myself into my own work.
There is no place for democracy.
This weekend would normally be the Glastonbury festival. Over the years it has become a bit of a tradition to try to catch at least the headline acts over the weekend.
As this year’s event has been cancelled due for obvious reasons we have found ourselves watching some of the highlights from years gone by on the BBC.
Last year’s set by the Killers was one of the best I have ever seen but my personal favourite has to be Coldplay in 2016 which coincided with their ‘Head Full of Dreams’ tour.
Packed full of modern day classics the technicolour extravaganza was both uplifting and poignant as they paid tribute to up and coming band Viola Beach who had been killed in an accident earlier in the year.
It was so well received that the NME even described it as “the most brilliant, batsh*t crazy Pyramid Stage set ever”.
I was therefore surprised to read this morning that Chris Martin has been put off a Glastonbury return by hurtful comments on the internet.
As creatives it seems that no matter how successful we are or how much acclaim we receive it is often eclipsed by criticism from people who are (in the grand scheme of things) completely irrelevant.
It seems so silly that someone like Chris should be impacted in this way. But as he says… “Sometimes these things hurt me because I’m human.”