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Autumn is an uncertain season here in Ireland, we’re never quite sure when it will begin or end. At some stage towards the end of summer the air will turn a little cooler and a hint of red will blush across the countryside, but you’re never really certain that it’s autumn until one morning you look out the window and suddenly there are more leaves on the lawn than in the trees. Deeper into the season autumn winds will sweep in and strip the branches bare overnight, and the sky will take on a colder shade of blue during the daylight hours.
The period when the leaves are turning always seems to rush by too quickly, but I managed to get out with the camera last weekend in the Dundrum Woods in Co. Tipperary to capture a little of the colour before it’s gone. The woods are near my parents’ home in the Tipperary countryside, and I have many fond memories of long walks there watching for ducks on the lake or listening to the dawn chorus with my Dad and sister. The trees looked beautiful, illuminated with luxurious russet and gold in the autumn sunlight.
Some of these photos were also taken at the bottom of Dad’s garden, where the morning sun shines through at just the right angle to capture some of that gorgeous light on the leaves. In the hours just after sunrise the autumn light seems at its richest, and the leaves glow in its rays, a final burst of colour before falling to the earth.
I waited for a long time for this little butterfly to settle and stay still. He kept flitting rapidly from plant to plant, only landing for a moment before taking off again. Of course when he finally did decide to stay put he chose a spot underneath a beet leaf, which meant I had to stretch out on the ground between the vegetable drills to get a decent shot. It was worth it though, for this fun photo!
I want to say thank you to everyone for your kind responses to my last post. I’m making an effort to get back to creative writing, but my words are rusty and it can take a long time for me to put thoughts together in a coherent way. It’s a great challenge though, and so satisfying if you can manage to express the urge that drove you to write in the first place. Your encouragement really helps.
This weekend I’m planning to attend a creative writing workshop in Dublin’s city centre, I hope it will help with getting the words to flow more smoothly when I write. I’ve also been writing Morning Pages when I wake up each day, an exercise suggested in Julia Cameron’s book The Artists Way. So far I’m enjoying it, but I find it hard to wake up that little bit earlier on weekday mornings!
Do you have any creative writing exercises you like? Let me know!
The light this past couple of days has been beautiful. It’s that time of year when the crops are almost ready to harvest, and the evening sun is rich and golden; a dazzling combination. I spent a few days in the country with my family and took full advantage of the surroundings, shooting just over 1000 photos (although I doubt that more than a small percentage of them will be usable.)
Sitting down with a journal today to write, I realised I’m infatuated with light. It seeps into almost everything I write, and of course everything I shoot revolves around different types of light. When I think back to an experience I want to record or remember, it’s the light and the feeling it evokes that I remember most clearly. It’s what I want to capture in both words and images, and I work hard to get it just right.
This past weekend was full of it: the blue light before dawn, dappled adventures in my Grandmother’s grove, a stunning sunrise, meteor showers, star gazing, colourful sunsets, a candlelit family gathering, 5am lightning, and soaking up rays in the garden. It’s been inspiring to say the least.
These few shots are from our neighbour’s wheat field, in the evening when the sun is low and the light intense. I have much more to share, including my first sort-of portrait shoot, so I’ll post more in the coming days!
I’ve spotted these little purple flowers growing in a variety of places across the countryside. They’re usually blossoming humbly beneath the shade of leafy trees, or adorning the nooks and crannies of stone walls. I love them, but I’ve no idea what they’re called – do any of you know?
Lately the future is on my mind. I’m considering going back to college again. I want to learn more about photography and am beginning to feel like there’s only a certain amount I can learn myself. I’d love a broader knowledge about the whole subject, like history, theory and context. I’d also like to learn a lot more about the technical stuff.
I do fine figuring things out on the camera and Photoshop myself, but I want to be better, you know? Take more considered images, begin to use my camera with greater intent. I’d like to learn what it means to be a professional. And if I ever consider turning professional myself, I’d like to know that I’m creating really good quality work first. I want it to be work that I’d pay for myself, and I’m picky!
Studying again will be time consuming, and expensive. It’s a big decision to make, and I’m really just beginning to consider it. If any of you have studied photography in college I’d appreciate a comment with your thoughts below, or get in touch through email. It’d be helpful to hear from photographers who went down that route. I’m asking as many people as I can, every opinion helps in the decision making process!
Tomorrow I’m heading to the country to be with my family for a couple of days. I have a dawn photowalk planned, so I hope to have some new images to share on here very soon. Have a great weekend!