Why does this picture matter? …….Let me try and give you an answer.
I have always advocated that a photograph should say something about the person making the image. A way of expressing how the creator is feeling perhaps; a reflection of the life they lead or the circumstances they find themselves part of at time the shutter was pressed.
This photograph of a bluebell wood near where I live was captured yesterday morning. It is a joyful image, an artistic impression of Spring with lovely complementary colours, but the picture is also confusing , blurred and lacks clarity.
The photograph therefore expresses my feelings at this time. A time when we are lock-down owing to the Covid 19 pandemic which has struck the UK and many other countries across the world. People are bewildered and confused, life is uncertain and none of us can be sure what the future holds. Despite these concerns nature itself is predictable as it changes with the seasons. I can still enjoy its beauty and take pleasure in the experience of making an image to share with others who are not so fortunate. With patience our lives will return to a ‘new normal’ and the picture of what life may be like in the future will also become clearer. In the meantime nature will continue to delight our senses and inspire me to be creative.
This photograph matters because It wasn’t so very long ago that my wish to make new images was at quite a low point. I had little or no motivation to head out with a camera, let alone return home and sit in front of a computer screen to process the pictures I had captured.
It’s taken many months for things to change, but I think I can say with confidence that the fun and desire to create new work has returned.