Rocks, Rivers & Leaves - Autumn 2017
There’s a funny thing that happens to me when I go out to shoot pictures, something that becomes even more acute around autumn. I sit in the house with a head full of images of grand vistas, sweeping forests of golden yellows and deep reds, of river valleys bursting with full autumn colour. Then I go out and while standing in those places readying myself to take those shots I get distracted. Distracted by a shaft of light falling on a patch of leaves or lighting up the trunk of a tree. I get so consumed by that light I abandon my large landscape shot and tip the camera towards that intimate, delicate scene that grabbed my eye and wouldn’t let go. This year it was rocks, rivers and leaves. Every time I turned up in a location there was a rock, surrounded by flowing water and lit perfectly by a seductive single beam of light taunting me with a delicate scattering of bright red beech leaves. “Forget about that big beautiful scene over there and shoot me” it would say...and I did. And I’m ok with that, because these shots are some of my favourite shots I’ve taken this year.