A Brief Round Up

12th February 2014
A few people have mentioned to me the lack of any update to my blog for quite some time - this is in part due to being rather busy with other things but is mostly just down right laziness on my part. Apologies for this…
So what’s been going on for me photographically? Well, quite a bit. My work is increasingly being sought after for corporate use it seems, being used to decorate office spaces in quite a variety of places. Out of these, it was the acquisition by the Dorset Probation Service of 8 large images for their interview rooms that meant the most. It was nice to think that they’re being used to create a calm atmosphere in an environment where stress levels are usually very high. Other than this, it’s been the usual features in calendars and greetings cards.
I’ve was also invited to see some of my work ‘in situ’ recently, at a local firm called Atlas Electronik, This is a rarity for me as once it goes to the printers or I get it delivered somewhere, I don’t usually get to see it hung up.
I worked closely with the staff there to hopefully get what they wanted and using LamArt, a superb printers based in Dorchester, I was able to produce some lovely metre wide prints for their long, rather utilitarian corridors.

Over the past few months I’ve started to explore the South Wales Coast a little too. This is a truly wild and wonderful stretch of shoreline, with some fascinating and extremely photogenic geology. From the amazing rock arch that’s called ‘The Green Bridge of Wales’ in Pembrokeshire, to Nash Point and Dunraven Bay further East, I have discovered there are endless opportunities for exploration. I’m hoping to visit Skomer Island again in the Spring, this time actually landing there so I can check out the Puffins. Last time the seas were just too rough, which was frustrating.

I’ve also been lucky with some misty morning too. Back in November 2013 over a period of a few weeks in the late autumn, I visited the high chalk escarpments of north Dorset, on the Wiltshire border. The areas around Win Green, Compton Abbas and Melbury Down yielded some magical vistas cloaked in early morning mists, giving me some wonderful memories and long sought after images I will treasure.

I was also lucky with the mists and fogs of autumn and late summer along the Stour and in the New Forest too:

As always, my study of the Dorset Coast continues and in recent weeks it’s taken somewhat of a battering. There’s been an incessant conveyor of Atlantic driven weather systems that have smashed into the south west of the UK one after another since early December. They've been reshaping and sculpting the coast every day, with a lot of land slides and even the destruction of the Pom Pom Rock, a lovely rock stack on the eastern side of Portland Bill. There is now just a sea blasted stump where this great Limestone monolith once stood:

All this bad weather is also making cliff top and undercliff exploration treacherous too, as they seem to be crumbling all the time. With gale force winds, unpredictable massive waves and their ubiquitous salt spray added in for good measure, shooting along the Dorset shoreline is both challenging and exhilarating at the moment.
There have been a few shots that i've long been after that I have managed to get though, so it’s still been a productive few months. This shot for example, of the stone globe at Durlston Castle, was my 3rd attempt at capturing it at sunrise.

So what’s planned for 2014? Well, a few more trips to South Wales are definitely in order and I’m hoping to get back to the Isle of Skye in the late summer, AFTER the Midges have retreated a little! I would also like to try a little more Wildlife photography in the UK, so a trip north is a must…but who knows where I might end up…

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