Two Trees, West Sussex

Two Trees, West Sussex June 2020

I think I have missed my morning walk once during lockdown. Yesterday, it was quite cool and misty early on – but by the time I went out for my walk, the Sun was up and throwing long, dark shadows. And there is a contrast with the morning mist, which is slowly being burned off.

Two Trees, West Sussex

Backlit Trees, West Sussex, May 2020

Because of restrictions, I find myself walking in the same places most of the time. Everytime I pass these two trees, they feel like a contrasting pair.

Although it is early summer, as you can see with the dew on the grass, early in the morning, it is still cool.

Red Leaves and Blue Sky

Tree, West Sussex, 1st May 2020

I’m trying to remember which philosopher it was who talked about the power of being able to see the world a-new. Right now, we are all quite restricted where we can go and I find myself trying to find a new view of familar places. This morning I was rewarded with a blue sky to contrast with the red leaves. If I am being a techie, I notice that the scene shows additive primary colours (RGB).

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Where I live (quite rural but near a large town), I see lots of families walking and riding bicycles in the sunshine.

Royal Crescent, Bath 2016

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Self-Portrait, Royal Crescent, Bath 2016

I think most photographers want to watch rather than be seen. In this case, I was interested in the shadow from the tree, rather than the hunched form at the bottom of the picture. In this case, it was a brilliant day, dry and clear, so rather than use colour, I chose to use black and white film.

I enjoy walking in the park in front of the Crescent, at most times of day, there are crowds of visitors, walking off cramp from being on a coach. On this occasion, it looks like they haven’t arrived yet (long shadow – so quite early).