Hello, It’s now 4 years since I started writing this blog. When I picked up the camera again after many years of absence I was encouraged by a friend, Marina Chetna, to start getting my photography out there and that is what I did. I created a WordPress account.
The response to the work I have posted over the last four years has been humbling, the encouragement from fellow bloggers incredible. I’ve come a long way. I don’t want to turn this into a boast post, that’s not what I’m about but I’ve just been invited to write for Outdoor Photography, a leading landscape photography magazine in the UK, I have a piece that will be published in the March edition. That has been rather special, along with the invitation to submit a book proposal, the Icelandic landscape in Winter. Like I say, I’ve come a long way from taking a few landscape photographs when I could get out, in and around Cornwall to traveling overseas to places I wouldn’t have dreamed of visiting. None of this would have been possible without the support of all of you.
I’m not a confident person. I never have been. The continued support and encouragement, the comments, the very real friendship and appreciation from those enjoying my photography has allowed me to peek my head above a parapet I might never have dared to even approach and the results have been incredible. Thank you so much for that.
I thought very hard about the picture I might post. There have quite a few over the last four years but for me, the photograph below came out on top. My love of Iceland is known to many of you. This country in winter is incredible. It’s hard, it’s difficult but if you persevere as a photographer, the rewards are amazing.
This photograph was taken after traveling several miles from Vik in the most horrendous driving conditions possible. The snow ploughs were working at full stretch. Turning off the main Route One, we followed a road that had snow drifts so deep we were not at all sure we’d get through. We did.
Setting up on the beach I thought this is absolutely crazy, the snow was falling so heavily, visibility was nil but then, just for an instant, the snow cleared and I could see exactly why I was there. Capturing this scene with that single bird putting in an appearance was an absolute gift. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. This was an occasion when it most certainly did.