I am constantly drawn to Nature. I have decided that I could never live in a city. I need to be able to see the trees and the fields, to lie in the grass and see the blue sky above me, to hear the birdsong and the rustle of the leaves as the wind blows through the branches of the trees. In Nature I feel safe, rested, calm….. I feel at peace. I feel I belong.
Getting closer to what I want to achieve with my new project. I am continually experimenting and thinking about art in Nature. This is better then my last photographs. The material is tighter on the trunk which gives the tree its definition. I am still undecided about whether to keep colour or change to black and white. The one below shows the difference it makes to the photograph. You lose the leaves due to the colour disappearing. I wouldn’t want to keep the colour of the leaves in either as the only three defining colours in the project will be yellow, red and blue. And only then these colours will be the addition to Nature’s own colours. The three colours are important due to the connection to Japan.
I went down to the woods today, the wood in question being Castle Eden Dene. It is a place that I have known for most of my life having lived next door to it for around 40 plus years. As a child I would climb the trees and build dens and play hide and seek with my friends. So so many happy memories I have of this magical place. And now I am starting a new project, a one which will mean spending a lot of time in the wood. It is always exciting starting a new project but more so when you know you will be spending a lot of time somewhere that you love. I don’t know how the project will turn out, I don’t even know what type of photographs I will be taking. But it will be a glorious experience, that I do know, because how can one not love being out in nature, being somewhere that is over 10,000 years old, that will be around a long, long time after we are gone.