I have recently been battling two things. Firstly, as many photographers experience, I am struggling to find any kind of inspiration to go out and shoot. And secondly, I am trying to refrain from shooting what anyone with a camera shoots, the bog standard point and shoot type image, you get me? I am trying to push myself to create more artistic, fine art type images and to shoot less but spend more time thinking and visualising what I want to create. Resulting in more unique pieces. I still tend to be a reactive photographer, photographing what I come across, rather than seeking out a pre-visualised image or scene. Something I need to work on I guess!
So I decided to brave the elements on Friday morning and ventured into Richmond Park to try capture some images in the snow. I arrived in the car park, got my kit on and got my gear out and not knowing where to start, I just walked out into the open to survey my surroundings. I had a vague idea of the type of image I wanted to shoot, I just had to find it, or something that came close to my vision.
I walked through some woods and then came to the site I thought might have promising subject matter. Resisting the temptation to start shooting, I spent some time walking around the scene, trying to find the correct composition and perspective. It seemed to work and I eventually started to see the images I wanted to create clearly in my head. It’s a nice feeling when you suddenly become “zoned in” and everything outside the scene you are looking at vanishes and then you know it’s time to start capturing your images. And no, I wasn’t on anything herbal or chemical to get zoned in! It just happened and felt right.
I spent just over one and a half hours walking around taking these images. At this time I knew I had some keepers, and knew if I didn’t want to crawl back to the car, I should leave now before my feet froze (next time I’ll wear my snowboard boot and not my wellies – lesson learned!)
I named the series ‘edge of freezing’ and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
The full series can be viewed on my website here: http://www.justinwelchphotography.com/edge-of-freezing