Regular visitors will know that during Lockdown I took on a different approach to my photography. Many of the images made during this time relied upon strong light, shadows and how ordinary household objects could be transformed when the light just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
One morning I happened to notice the affect of the very strong early morning sun shining through a wine glass on the kitchen worktop. I so enjoyed what I saw I was inspired to further the concept and see what I could create.
For starters the grain of the oak worktop was too distracting as a background. A plain background would work much better and had the potential to enhance the abstract nature of what I had in mind. I used a sheet of mount board and then raided the glass cabinet. Working quite quickly to make the best use of the strong angled sunlight I started to make a variety of compositions. No other light sources were used or necessary.
I followed the same parameters as with my ‘Lockdown’ series of pictures; square and monochrome although this time I applied a cooler tone using the colour grading tool in Catpture One.
As much as I enjoy single images I also like to produce a body of work or panels. The first image is quite strong in its own right, and the pair of images also work well together. Perhaps I most enjoy the three panels each with four images all of which work equally as well in my opinion.
The results are a long way away from my normal style but if ‘Lockdown’ taught me anything, it encouraged me to experiment, have fun, or to coin a dreadful expression, to ‘think outside the box’.