Dark lantern stories I
In this collection of 14 photographs I hope to open ways through to a world lit by an altered yet familiar light. The photos were taken between 2013 and 2016.
This collection was exhibited as part of Herefordshire Art Week 2016. The photos will be on display until November 2016 in the Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye.
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Cloud moving in from the west hit the steep side of this ridge and was channelled upwards creating this scene resembling an eruption.
28mm, f14, 1/640, ISO 100, April 2015
Crib y garth
Looking down the Crib y garth ridge on a mid-winter walk
28mm, f4, 1/250, ISO 100, December 2015
While enjoying supper on the first day of a holiday with my family I noticed the light shifting, so I rushed outside to catch the magnificent shadow of Le Mont Saint Michel reaching far away across the sands below. During daylight the exposed sands resemble a desert but the setting sun and the water brought rich colours, reflections and textures. Down there, dwarfed by the shadow on the sands was a figure who I wish I could identify to thank her for completing the image.
28mm, f8, 1/125, ISO 100, July 2013
The view from here, looking West on the Thames, is very familiar to me as I see it every working day as I cross Waterloo Bridge by bicycle. On this particular morning however, the scene was transformed by a thrilling combination of mist and sunlight. This rare gift of a scene lasted only a few minutes. In over a decade of crossing the river it is the only time I have seen the Thames like this.
28mm, f9, 1/320, ISO 100, December 2013
Doors portrait I: Release
Captured while camping with an old friend on the astonishing Pembrokeshire coastline.
The conditions were dark and awkward with sea mist and spray coating the camera and lens. I lost the foot of my tripod somewhere in the large stones underfoot. There are three sources of light here: the low ambient light of the scene and two LED flashlights; one directed by me beside the camera and one by my friend.
35mm, f1.4, 5 seconds, ISO 800
Doors portrait II: Reveal
35mm, f6.3, 30 seconds, ISO 400
These precipitous cliffs are always changing and inspire me on every visit. The light on the water was especially enticing on this day. In May this year a large section collapsed onto the shore below and into the sea so since this photo was taken the scene is new again.
I used a 70mm focal length to record a series of photographs that were then stitched together for the final image.
70mm, f9, 1/1250, ISO 320
At low tide I made may way across the shore and watched others exploring the coastline. As this figure walked into view they became perfectly placed to reveal the scale of the chalk cliffs above.
106mm, f10, 1/1000, ISO 500
The house nestled here in the hills was distant but seemed to call distinctly. This is part of a series of photos I am collecting on the theme of sentinels.
200mm, f4, 1/2000, ISO 2000
Despite the magnificent star-ridden breadth of the sky above I found this lonely house to be rather eerie. In the developing process I decided to untether it a little from its surroundings.
There was a strongly gusting wind blowing and I had to sit very low in the grass pulling down on the tripod to keep it as steady as possible.
35mm, f1.4, 10 seconds, ISO 1600
Sometimes parts of London seem to have grown metallically and automatically and this is one such place for me.
Made up of 4 separate hand held photographs. These were taken towards the end of an overcast day and so the lights glow within the buildings.
28mm, f2.8, 1/160, ISO 800
Thick fog in London; I left the house early to explore these rarer moods of the city and found this cloaked avenue of trees.
28mm, f4, 1/320, ISO 100
While researching future locations I found out about this viaduct in Sussex and decided to visit. The magnificent skill and vision embedded in this structure seems to reverberate through the arches creating a transformative space, almost like a cathedral.
I tried hard to compose this shot - the camera I used has an auto-level which was very useful.
28mm, f3.2, 1/250, ISO 140
Embrace of hills
The layered and intersecting, interlocking arms of these hills caught my attention but for me the scene was made perfect by the striated levels of clouds above.
On this walk there was a somewhat flat and overcast light - perfect for revealing detailed tones and etching-like textures during the digital developing process.
28mm, f3.2, 1/250, ISO 100