Finding interest in the everyday and making the most of what we have.
While I may sometimes imagine living in a wild and natural environment, like many other people, the reality of my life sees me living in a large urban town. Although I may ‘escape’ to these rural locations for a few weeks in the year, I also consider myself fortunate to live by an estuary. This is where the rural meets the industrial, a place of edges and contrasts. Ships and birds ‘migrate’ along the river in equal measure. Everything is on the move - the tide coming and going, the light shifting, bright one moment, grey another. No two days are ever the same.
My regular walk takes me through a municipal park, complete with its customary large pond, - home to a resident pair of swans, and surrounded by some beautiful old trees, and on to my favourite destination - the seafront. While other locations may be more prestigious, more wild, more tranquil, I love this ‘little bit of paradise’ on my doorstep.
I do not regard myself as a photographer, but equipped with heaps of curiosity, a small Panasonic camera, or iPhone, these are a selection of the moments that caught my attention through the four seasons in 2018. This is not a new idea, many have done it before me, but the exercise encourages me to keep looking closely at my immediate surroundings. I am constantly surprised and inspired by what is on the doorstep!
March 2018 Winter in Southchurch Park. A partially frozen lake offers an opportunity to study ice, and reflections. Ice, cracks and dissolving edges occurring here on a local level, but are a reminder of what happens on a larger scale in other regions around the world. the forces of nature making their mark. Having 'earmarked' these crumbling concrete edges as a place of interest, to be returned to, following the thaw, the council repaired the lakes path and they are now completely covered. These images captured a fleeting moment which will never be repeated.