“Photography, to me, is catching a moment which is passing, and which is true.”Jacques – Henri Lartigue
Since the age of 9 I have enjoyed taking photos. Initially I was allowed to use my Mum and Dad’s Brownie Holiday Camera that they’d had since 1957, when they were stationed in Malaya.
Over the years I have had all kinds, I currently have a Canon Bridge style camera, but I find I use my Google Phone’s camera facility the most. A lot of people curl up their nose when I say I use my phone, but often the photo I want happens in a split second and having such a portable device allows me to capture the “now”. I’m not suggesting that I am in anyway good at photography, just that I love it.
The following are photos I took at Seaton Sluce in the late summer of 2019, back when we were allowed to go out and socialise. We were driving home when I noticed how clear the light was. I asked my husband to park for a second and this is what I saw. I hope you enjoy them and my thinking process.
The picture just as I took it. A “nice enough” photo – it has foreground, a middle and horizon but nothing very interesting. Yet!
So, I removed the colour and sharpened up the shadows. Giving me a much stranger image, but one that is far more interesting to me. I like the layout, it has enough movement to make your eye travel around the image so that you dont know the whole story at once.
In the next image I’ve got to the point where I love it. The tall grasses in the foreground give texture and interest. I have zoomed in so that the people, who were hardly visible before, now become the story. Without any extraneous detail they have become more fluid in time. Their clothes could date back 70 years or so. The removal of the cars helps to make it dateless. But it is the simple movement of the man scratching his head and is awkward stance, coupled with the fact that the girl is moving hesitantly behind him that increases the tention and drama.
Moving down the coast we get to Blyth. Out for a walk to see the beach huts, I noticed a man walking up and down (he’s the one in the red shorts) enjoying the sun.
There was something about his hat and the warmth of the day that made me want to photograph him, so I wandered off and waited. This is what I got, a fantastically natural shot.
Now I had something to play with. Levelled it, removed the huts and enhanced the warmth.
Then I altered the dimentions again, wanting to reduce the image to three bold stripes of colour. Increasing the richness of the colour and the shadows on the man’s body, the two pops of red stand out so much more than in the original. I love the unnatural quality of the water and how it looks so flat, I also like it’s velvety texture
Lastly a general photo of the beach.
I took out the colour and refocused on the beach tents.
Zoomed in on the people most distant and manipulated the picture until it has a 1980’s newsprint texture.