Apologies for the gap in posts. We've been having a bit of a heatwave here in the UK and we've been a bit short of inspiring landscapes for a few months, so I took the opportunity to devote time to a personal (non-landscape) photography project. What started as a way of pushing myself outside my comfort zone to learn to look at the world differently has become a bit of passion, obsession even. I am not ready to share any more about this project just yet, other to say that it is a natural partner to my landscapes. I promise that I will in time.
I still have a lot of unprocessed images as far back as autumn last year which I am working on behind the scenes. If you follow me on my Instagram account, you can see some of these images in advance of them appearing here, as well as getting a glimpse of some of the images from my personal project.
Anyway, the heatwave came to an end last week and I was excited to finally see some promising looking cloud in the sky. I made my way up onto Black Down on the Mendip Hills on Tuesday afternoon. I missed the heather here in flower last year and was really hoping to catch it this summer. I spent several hours exploring the area and made a few notes for potential images, including some for this coming autumn. As sunset approached, the light began to warm and I headed to my chosen patch of heather and prepared my camera.
This was my second evening at Black Down last week having briefly visited two days before, but this evening provided by far the best light and the most vivid colour. I later read there has been some dust in the atmosphere last week, blown up from the Sahara, and had no doubt contributed to the quality of the light that evening. It was a lovely feeling to be back photographing the landscape, a bit like getting home to your favourite chair after a long holiday.