I made a conscious decision not to go chasing the bluebells this year. I spent a lot of time getting up early last year to photograph the bluebells and then just couldn’t find any real passion to edit and prepare many of the images I’d made. I still had many of them untouched on my hard drive at the start of this year so decided not to go looking for more and instead focus on other aspects of spring. Apart from one particularly beautiful bluebell woodland I discovered in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, I did pretty much keep that promise to myself.
For the past year or so I have found myself drawn more and more to woodlands. The passing of my dad at the start of this year after an 18 month illness stirred up a lot of forgotten memories and emotions connected to family trips to woodlands and my own experiences of trees as a child. I have been considering ways to express these often dream like emotions. I had not forgotten about those unedited bluebell images and so a few weeks ago I started to experiment with those images against a soundtrack of music inspired by my dad’s classical leanings and these are some of the results.
I haven’t finished experimenting and I don’t yet know where this project will take me but for the moment I am using the working title ‘Dreamscapes’.