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February 2020 – Photo Project – Anna Atkins

February 2020 – Photo Project – Anna Atkins

This month’s photographer inspiration: Anna Atkins

In February, I am gaining inspiration from an English botanist and photographer, Anna Atkins. Born in 1799, Anna Atkins lead an unusual life for a woman of her time. Bought up by her father, who provided her with a scientific education that ultimately led to the area of her life that I will be investigating, her Cyanotype publications.

Read more about Anna Atkins’ life on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Atkins

Over on my Instagram account, I set myself 3 challenges.

  1. Choose a photographer of the month and explore their work in my daily posts
  2. Post 1 photography a month, inspired by the photographer of the month
  3. Post one project each quarter

January 2020 – Photo Project – Q1

January 2020 – Photo Project – Q1

Project title: Standing Strong

I have set myself the challenge of producing one project per quarter in 2020. The first project is one that I have been working on since 2014.

During these years, I have studied a tree that is at the end of my garden. I have admired its beauty through the years & seasons. I was struck by how stunning it looks in November when the sun sets behind it. I felt it’s soothing tranquillity in spring. I felt its emptiness in the winter, with snow dusting its branches. I enjoyed the shade of its leaves in the summer sun.

This project focuses on one section of this tree and shows how the same section of tree changes in its appearance, strength, structure & growth throughout the years. All the time this strong tree stands in the garden, something can always be gained from its presence.

January 2020 – Photo Project – Ansel Adams

January 2020 – Photo Project – Ansel Adams

This month’s photographer inspiration: Ansel Adams

Inspired by Ansel Adams photograph “Boards & Thistles”, I wanted to photograph an image with similar composition, lighting and style.

Here is my photograph of a shed, it’s called Titipu. I love the rustic boards and conifer branches. It is inspired by my research into Ansel Adam’s work. I was particularly interested in his early work, where he photographed everyday objects. The other 6 images were taken on my mobile phone, all inspired by Ansel Adam’s early work.

Ansel Adams photograph can be found here: https://www.moma.org/collection/works/45506

Over on my Instagram account, I set myself 3 challenges.

  1. Choose a photographer of the month and explore their work in my daily posts
  2. Post 1 photography a month, inspired by the photographer of the month
  3. Post one project each quarter

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 28

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 28

For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to use my Fujifilm X-T20 as I want to practice using it more regularily. I prefer using my Canon 5D iii but my Fujifilm X-T20 is my travel camera and I must get more familiar with the controls.

Here’s my photos of my very patient Jack Russell.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 26

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 26

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have continued to focus on flowers.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I wanted to explore an idea that came to me while sitting on the sun lounger at the end of the day on the hottest day of the year so far. I enjoy the peace that falls at around 8-9pm on a summer’s evening. People are settling down, the heat is easing and it starts to feel calm. My favourite time of the day. As I looked up to the sky, I noticed the clouds with a soft light and slight grey edges. I realised that at this time of day, on a hot day, the sky often goes unnoticed, slightly unremarkable. But there was so much beauty in the sky.

I decided to have a play with my telephoto lens and some long exposure shots, handheld. On this calm, hot day, I wanted to create something dramatic as a contrast to the reality. But also something mysterious.

 

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 25

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 25

This week in my #photoaday challenge over on Instagram, I have focused on flowers and how they change throughout the season. I am looking at flowers as they fade as well as when in full bloom. There is a beauty in the flower and petals throughout it’s entire process.

For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to continue looking at these flowers, in particular poppies. I took my Canon 5d iii and Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Planar ZE Lens out on our walk and photographed some of the poppies that have featured already in my #photoaday using my phone.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 24

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 24

For this week’s #photoaweek, I decided to continue looking at flowers. In particular, poppies. I liked this poppy which we found on a dog walk by a local football field… the poppy was fading and was growing in front of a container with graffiti. I liked the echo of the peeling paint and the poppy that looked like it was peeling too.

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 22 & 23

2019 – #photoaweek challenge week 22 & 23

For this week’s #photoaweek, I had the opportunity to undertake a commercial project for digital specialists, Intrada. These photographs will be used on the customer’s new website, literature & social media.