Impressions of Nature

Having always been inspired by the Impressionist painters, in these works I have tried to convey a similar effect.

Concentrating more on how something feels rather than what it looks like, is actually quite a meditative approach – I have to be in the right frame of mind to think that way and to go out with the intention of shooting in that particular style. I can’t just switch that on and off, I need to be in the right mood.

Grasses in Autumn

Once you lose the photographer’s imperative to capture everything in sharp focus to get the maximum amount of detail, it opens up a whole new way of capturing images and one which I have largely followed with most of my personal work. I love playing with aperture and my (current) most favourite lens is a Zeiss (previous a Canon) f2 wide aperture acquired for that very purpose. I just love the results from these lenses but the focal point is very small in relation to the rest of the image – in context, the eye of a bee might be crystal clear but its wings and body would be completely out of focus or blurred. Or the stamen of a plant in crisp focus whilst its petals and leaves are not. Or the entire image might be very slightly out of focus completely. This opens up a whole new way of exploring imagery and one which I personally gain great enjoyment from.

A few examples of my ‘impressions’ of nature. This is an ongoing project

Grass Impression
Impressionist view of the sea, off Formby coast