I’ve been gone a while – sorry!
I’m back in front of the computer once again, only this time with a very painful shoulder. Had I slipped in the shower, I would have nothing to show for it, but thankfully I slipped over whilst taking photographs. No sooner had I realised that my equipment was fine, I realised that my right arm was clearly not (the substantial crack being an easy clue)! My first thought was ‘how long is this going to prevent me taking photographs for’. I don’t know the answer to that question (right shoulder, ligaments etc)…. but at least my fall came at the end of a stint of intensive and productive shooting. I was well and truly ‘in the zone’ and absolutely loving every minute of it.
While I work through the processing, I can say that it is the beginning of a substantial body of B&W work, which felt right from the very beginning. This image should help you place it on the map (roughly) assuming you’re familiar with UK stereotypes, prejudices and endless sources of easy humour.
…. and this one will give you a much better idea of what it might be about.
The reason I was in this region was because it is an area I love and have not revisited properly in about a decade. I also thought it would make a fantastic location for workshops, so it made sense to go back and get freshen up. The thing is, it grabbed me again and did so absolutely. I ended up completing my planned first day only to organise another two a few days later and I did not stop walking and shooting. I didn’t want to sleep. I just wanted to get at it again. I guess that means that it would make a tremendous workshop location. After all, I could not stop photographing it myself….
On the third day I had a clear sense of how I wanted to expand on the already significant body of work and I would feel it swaying from landscape, to documentary and reportage (and everywhere in between). I need to go back and go back soon. I would ideally do so on Friday, because the weather forecast is that rare combination of heavy rain and sunshine, but my shoulder has torpedoed that.
I’ll be back with a selection of photographs from a couple of locations soon. I will also be back with details for workshops in the area as soon as I have sorted out the details. Oh and I did not use a tripod once! I took it with me for the first five minutes on day one and then tossed it in the boot of the car. It was too slow and I was moving like a man possessed (until falling and wrecking my right arm on the last day that is).
P.S. I was shooting with the A7R, A7 II and (primarily) with my new 15-21-28 lenses, so I have learnt plenty more about how they perform and will write a piece on that too.