Something a little experimental and less traditional from me today folks. When I published my Dublin Seascape entitled ‘Floating‘ back in July last year I talked about finding “myself seeking something” and while I wasn’t sure what that was and I “grapple[d] with the problem, you may find I produce some very different images then you are used too”. Then I produced Water Abstract #1 in October and that ‘something’ seemed to have solidified into a desire to “produce something shall we say… less photographic”. This path then took a leap forward in terms of my thinking when I released Autumnal Abstract #01 in December. Here was the essence of that ‘something’ distilled. I was able to articulate for the first time (in a coherent manner at least) that while “my objective from the very beginnings of my photographic journey has always been to share more then a visual record of a place I have visited but to also impart the ’emotion’ I felt at the time” and that moving into the Abstract was a way for me to remove the burden of the “‘record’ part of image taking [which] freed [me] to focus solely on the ‘impression'” or emotion.
Well that exploration continues and I wanted to share my latest work with you today. This was captured on a very frosty morning in late November last year at the beach in Sandymount in Dublin. The water was incredibly calm at dawn with just a whisper of wind. The sea was literally packed with birds as the sun began to rise above the horizon, although not that anyone really aware as the cloud cover was pretty heavy. I ended up needing to use my 70-200 at 200mm to isolate just a couple of birds from the proverbial menagerie on the sea.Then it was simple a matter of patience and waiting until the right number of Ducks floated into the right spaces of the frame, or my fingers fell off from the cold. Thankfully it was the former happened first!