The Photographer’s Diary : January 2014
Welcome to the first edition of TPD for 2014. A very warm and smily hello to you all 🙂
I know it’s not January (it’s almost not even February anymore!), but this is the first time I’ve actually had the opportunity to sit down and write. I can’t promise you what it’ll be like as I know for certain that this will be compiled over a couple of days, but hopefully it’ll all fall into place and make some sort of sense by the time we get to the end.
So, grab a brew, a chocolate biscuit (or two) and perch yourself down somewhere comfy, we’re about to begin…
Following on from what seemed to be a successful decision in late 2012, I’ve decided once again not to make any resolutions for 2014. Well, that’s a bit of a lie actually. I do want to get fit, although I haven’t written that down so really it can start anytime. It hasn’t begun yet but I have thought about it so we’re making progress. I live down the round from a gym so that’s a plus, I’ve just got to make the effort to go. I did say I would join the gym at the university but so far that hasn’t materialised. The thought of either getting to work earlier or leaving later at the end of the day just so I can use gym didn’t (and still doesn’t!) appeal to me. I’m not entirely sure that driving to the one around the corner from me for a quick fitness session is much different, but I think because it’s not actually at work, it won’t feel like I’m still at work. My mind works in mysterious ways! We’ll see what materialises over the next couple of months. So, without any added pressure to achieve any resolutions, I’m hoping that the same will be true for 2014 as it was last year – I’ll achieve things that I want to do, but without actually having to hold myself to them. It seems to work better that way.
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Having had a couple of weeks away from the computer, I’ve decided that this blog post is going to be the chance to pick out some of the images I have previously brushed to one side. I often find that sometimes I flick through a pile of images and very quickly pick out my favourite ones and then hardly even go back and look at the ‘cast offs’. A second look can sometimes prove extremely valuable, especially when you rediscover an image that you previously forgot about.
I’ve spent the last hour or so reminiscing about some of the moments I’ve captured over the past couple of years and managed to find a selection of images that haven’t previously seen the light of day. It’s been quite nostalgic remembering some of the great moments that have shaped my life so far – holidays past, random days out and everything else in-between. It also got me thinking about what the year ahead will hold. Where will I be heading throughout 2014 and what will I get the opportunity to photograph.
We begin our little trip down memory lane with an image that has surfaced from a trip to London almost a year ago. I remember taking this walking back to the hotel after a night out at the theatre, but it wasn’t until the other week that I discovered it again. I like how the eye is drawn to the iconic British phone box before being guided down the rest of the street.
Next up, we skip forward a couple of months to a day out that was spent taking photos from Sutton Park to Birmingham. It’s the latter that is featuring first; the canal side running through Britain’s second city surrounded by modern day buildings and restaurants.
Strolling through Sutton Park has always been a great way to spend an afternoon. I’ve had endless walks around it and captured a great many images over the years. A train track runs through part of it which has always intrigued me. I’ve often stood waiting on the bridge hoping for a train to pass but usually it’s been fruitless. Last April though, I was rewarded when a diesel engine came roaring past. The left over snow on the banks added contrast to the overcast day.
It just so happens that all the pictures featured so far have been black and white – it wasn’t necessarily my intention to go through and pick out ones that were screaming out for the desaturation treatment – it just happened that way. Incidentally, the last two images of the post are both colour, both feature my favourite colour red, and both are a little abstract. The first was a picture of my shoes on a warm summers day which, when I originally went through the photos didn’t grab my attention. Looking back some 6 months on and I really like the contrast of the red against the green of the grass, as well as the simplicity of it. Sometimes the most simplest of things make for a pleasing still life.
And finally, another image that originally went unnoticed. This red vase, which now resides on the window sill of my new apartment lends itself perfectly to an abstract image. It makes the mind wonder just exactly what the rest of it looks like, and the detail of the bubbles frozen in the glass adds a focal point.
So, there we have it. Our little trip down memory lane has come to an end. It’s been quite exciting for me to reacquaint myself with some of the images that are hidden away on my hard drive – we must do this more often!
As the days get longer, and warmer (and hopefully a lot drier than they have been of late!) I’ll have more time to get out and about with the camera and capture the rest of 2014. There’s some exciting stuff coming up over the next couple of months and I’ll look forward to bringing it all to your computer/tablet/phone (*delete as appropriate) screens.
Don’t forget that in between editions you can keep up to date with my everyday goings on by following me on Instagram (@benlowephoto) for the ‘unofficial’ images.
Until next time…