It was a pleasure to look through all of the creative’s contributions to The Shed Gallery. I had not realised that we now have in the region of 95 fellow creatives most of which have more than 40 images on the web site. The range of subject matter is immense which makes the choosing of just 5 pieces of work extremely difficult.
I have started with a photograph of a relatively local scene ‘Durdle Door’ by Ollie Taylor.
Living in Dorset I have seen countless pictures of Durdle Door from all angles but this is one of the best. The composition is faultless with the viewer being led down the steps to the chalk outcrop and the door and then onto Portland in the distance and finishing with a beautifully coloured glow in the sky.
My second picture is ‘Reflections’ by Charlotte Fielding which I love because it is different and holds the viewers attention for a long period as it has so many facets on different levels.
Such was my interest in the detail that I had been looking at this photograph for some time before I realising that it was a reflection of a well known landmark.
My next photograph is ‘Frost patterns 3’ by Colin Tracy. Such is the diversity of Colin’s work that choosing only a single picture is so difficult.
Other misses which had to be left out were Shadow on ‘Crocosmia leaf’ and ‘Leaf in ice’. The frost patterns are beautiful and yet understated. It is a shame however that you have entitled the abstract patterns rather than leaving the viewer to their own conclusions as you have done elsewhere.
My fourth picture is ‘Winter abstract 1’ by Rachael Talibart.
I have seen lots of attempts by many photographers to capture the natural world by panning the camera whilst using a slow shutter speed. This abstract image ranks as one of the best with its wonderful restful colouration and pleasing composition.
My final photograph is ‘Have a vision’ by David Walker.
Such a simple composition – a window and a blue wall – but it asks so many questions. What is the building used for? Why is the window so high up on the wall? Is the window bricked up inside or is that just a reflection? If it is bricked up what is the point of having a window there?
Over the last year I have been greatly inspired two people, one an artist and the other a photographer.
The late Andrew Wyeth was a brilliant artist who spent nearly all of his life painting the landscape and people he knew in a very small area of America. His painting technique was with dry brush egg tempura which gave his paintings extraordinary vibrance and depth of colour. By chance I saw an exhibition of his work in Farnsworth, New England in the fall of 2012 and was blown away by his work.
I was recently introduced to the work of Nick Brandt who for many years has recorded the plight of the wild animals of Africa. He is an ardent campaigner against the ivory trade and many of his stunning photographs record the life and death of the elephants. What is so extraordinary is that he never uses a telephoto lens, preferring to gain the confidence of individual or groups of animals over days or weeks before taking photographs from close by with a medium format camera. Most of the images are presented with sepia toning which fits perfectly with their dry and dusty environment.