Monday 30th March 2020
Most of my time at the moment is spent in the office. Fortunately, I love what I do so it never feels like a chore.
That being said it still feels good to get out so I took the opportunity to escort Mrs Sale to Pooley Bridge. We needed to pick up some essential supplies (crisps and wine!) but it still felt a bit ‘naughty’ to be out in the car.
While Helen was shopping I had a little walk about with my camera. It is the first time that I have been into the National Park since lockdown began.
There was an eery silence to the place. Normally it would be packed with visitors come to enjoy a cruise up Ullswater on one of the steamers.
At times living in a place so popular with tourists can be a bit of a chore. But the Lake District is definitely missing something without them.
I led me to ponder, without the tourists is there any point to our national parks?
I continue to get out for my daily exercise, using it as an opportunity to practice my photography.
One of the things that I find about being a photographer is that you can’t just turn it off. It doesn’t work like that for me.
Photography is like an itch that needs to be scratched.
Since going full-time photography has changed from being a pleasant pass time to way of life.
One of the few positives of the lockdown has been how I have been encouraged to shoot different subjects. Scenes that before I would have walked straight passed now catch my eye.
You might even say that the coronavirus is making me a better photographer.
Wednesday 1st April
We are all going to have good days and bad during this crisis. Today I found my mood to be rather sombre.
It is interesting how my personal feelings and emotions effect my photography.
I am generally a fairly happy person. Packing in your desk job to follow your dreams will have that effect on a chap. Looking back at my portfolio I see a lot of cheerful, optimistic images.
But today I found myself being drawn to rather darker subjects.
It was the first time that I have ever been aware of my own personal circumstances influencing my photography. I am not sure if that is something to be excited or terrified by.
Woke up this morning feeling a bit more optimistic about things.
I decided that rather than limiting my photography to my daily exercise it is time to start looking for projects that I can do around the house.
Inspired by some multiplicity selfies that I had seen on Twitter I thought I might have a go myself. You can read about it here.
After a day in the office putting the finishing touches to tonight’s video it was good to get out for some fresh air.
Fresh being the operative word here as the weather has taken a sudden turn for the chilly. As a result we took a shorter route, one that I haven’t taken for many years.
Along the way I clocked a lovely scene where the view of the distant fells was framed by a tree and a drystone wall.
At the moment little scenes like this give me so much pleasure. In many ways my photography is helping me to retain a connection to the countryside that I love so much.
In these uncertain times my photography appears to be an even bigger part of my life than it was before.
My walk today led me to Shap Abbey.
This is a wonderful place for a photographer. I could have spent hours here exploring all of the different compositions but that isn’t really in the spirit of lockdown, is it?
When I got home I had a message from my mate Julian. He’d sent me his version of a multiplicity selfie.
I was rather shocked by this I have to admit. The selfie just isn’t his sort of thing. That being said he is always the first to support me in anything that I try so perhaps I shouldn’t have been surprised.
Looks like he’s working on a new video. I wonder what it’s about?
When it comes to photography I have always thought that I am a bit of a one trick pony. I know a little bit about landscape photography but that is about it.
Lockdown is forcing me to experiment with different genres of photography. To try different things and to expand my skills, whether I want to or not. 🙂
Today I had a crack at photographing some simple flower portraits. I am rather pleased with the results.
If you are interested in how took these images the video will be out on Tuesday.
At first I thought that lockdown was going to have a negative impact on my photography. What was I going to do if I couldn’t get to my beloved Lake District?
But after just a couple of weeks it seems that the coronavirus might be the best thing to happen to my photography in a long time.