“I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” ~ Walt Disney
After a momentary return last week to colour it would appear I am back to Black and White. If you had a chance to tune in to the recent European Photo Show over on Google+ you would have heard me talk about the importance of getting to know your own back yard. While traveling to new locations can be exceptional fun and really get your creative juices flowing it is often what is right on your doorstep that can prove the greatest source of inspiration. Those places that you can return too with ease and continue to work on an idea until it bears fruit. Their proximity can lead you to ignore them yet if you are prepared to work at it you can derive the greatest of pleasures from them.
Well to put my proverbial money where my mouth is I decided to do just that a couple of weeks ago, and when I say close to home I actually mean a park that is just a 15 minute walk from my house. Deer Park was landscaped by the 5th Viscount Fitzwilliam and contains both sporting facilities and landscaped land for more informal pursuits. (source: wiki)
I continue to explore and experiment with creating Woodland and Forest images. I am driven by a desire to tame the complex and distil the myriad of apparently unrelated compositional components into something harmonious. Is it working?