Abstract textural photography.

Yesterday I returned from a long weekend on the South East coast of Scotland – North Berwick, Dirleton and Yellowcraigs to be precise. I was running a photography tuition course on Saturday and quite remarkably had fantastic weather all weekend, as my sunburn demonstrates.

At one point during the course, in a shady little woodland just off the main road through Dirleton, I had been using my camera on tripod with a longish exposure of 1.6 seconds and using the self timer as I was too lazy to plug my cable release in. A minute or so later I was demonstrating to one of my clients how to frame up a particular scene and immediately realised, on hearing the self timer beeping, that I’d made the amateur error of forgetting to reset my camera to a more sensible setting. No matter, only a few seconds lost and even though it’s a digital camera, why waste the frame? So I pointed it at a large cluster of wild garlic and began weaving it gently just before the shutter opened and until it had closed again. The following image is the result.

I was talking through my error and the resulting image to a couple of my clients shortly afterwards and demonstrated my error to show how easily different effects can be achieved with nothing more than a different motion and starting point.

Now, I’ve been doing this sort of heavily abstract work for the past couple of decades, but I rarely bother to display it or pursue it as a specific project … well that’s just changed. It doesn’t matter too much what you’re thinking while looking at the images on this article – I enjoyed creating them and I enjoy viewing them, so I will now be using them as the opening two images for a new project which I believe sits nicely alongside my long running Textures projects.

I’ll leave you with a further three images in the series that I’ve taken just this morning to make sure I can produce the results I’m after by design rather than accident.

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