My photographic tastes are changing. It started with finding my photographic soul mate – a Fujifilm X100S. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time – more than usual – studying other photographer’s work and considering what moves me, what stirs a deep emotional reaction.
One of the things I’ve found is that I really quite like subtlety. One approach to landscape photography is to go for the wow factor of the rising/setting sun. The strong, luscious pinks and oranges and reds give you a real instant “wow” factor. Much of my landscape photography philosophy has leaned towards this type of photograph; it’s fun to shoot and people really like it. Win-win.
But I’m finding myself drawn towards the more subtle; it’s still massively atmospheric, but in a very different way. There’s more calmness, more simplicity, more…dare I use the word “wonder?”
So, for the first time in my photographic career, I consciously chose to go more subtle, less spectacular, and turned my camera away from the sun.
Here’s the result, a photograph taken at the end of March down at the ever-incredible Barton on Sea.