Rough with the smooth

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I’ve been a bit photographically inactive over the last few months (written September 2016). It’s not because I’m lazy or anything but as I’ve mentioned elsewhere on the site, Dorset and Hampshire tend to be quite busy places over the summer, whilst the sun frequents what I think is a bit of an awkward position. So I tend to turn my attention to other things during the summer months and return with renewed vigour in September.

I’ve not squandered the time off from a photographical point of view though; I’ve spent my fair share of it reading various writings on the subject, text of a practical, theoretical and philosophical nature. I’ve also taken the time to appreciate some of the incredibly talented and inspirational photographers out there, whilst generally pondering the topic.

One of the main things I’ve been focussing on (no pun intended) is simplicity. I like my wide, sweeping landscapes but there’s also real power in simplicity. So, in my bid to scale things down a bit, I headed out to Barton-on-Sea. It’s one of my favourite locations in the world to shoot and I had a pretty good idea of what I was after, having seen these posts around a year ago and waited for the right conditions.

The plan was simple; pebbles, the incoming sea interacting with the posts, waves and sky, Bob’s your uncle. I seldom use portrait orientation but doing so on this occasion kept the focus right in on the posts without diluting it within space or any other unnecessary lines or form. The light was exceptional, it’s easy to see why they call it “the golden hour” or why photographers love it so much.

This was a relaxed and enjoyable trek. The conditions were genuinely excellent with strong, warm side lighting, very few people around, and the opportunity to get back to business, stripping things down to the essentials.

More than anything, it genuinely feels exciting to be back, full of renewed vigour, fresh ideas and an unquenchable passion for capturing the very best photography that I can.

Part of the Hengistbury Head, Mudeford and Barton collection.

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