BURNING EMBERS

Tree on Fire SmallYOU never really know what you’re going to get with ICM photography. Yes, the basics must be there such as composition and understanding light but there’s a randomness to the process which really appeals to me. It’s the ultimate in creative expression and the freedom of the technique means that it’s impossible to shoot the same thing twice. Each shot is unique. Mind-blowing, right?

This not-knowing, experimental style of work can also produce the most elegant work. Trying to tame the beast of ICM is pretty hopeless so don’t even try, simply accept and embrace the joy of discovering a gem that makes your heart beat a little quicker when you get home and you’re sat in front of your computer with a coffee in hand. The feeling reminds me of my childhood when the arrival of a newly developed batch of prints would land with a thud on the hallway floor and I would almost burst with excitement at what lay inside the heavy envelope.

It felt like Christmas, but better.

CIRCLE OF TREES

Trees in Winter are so poetic. So exposed that you can clearly see how delicate they become toward the tips of their branches. It seems natural to highlight this and since I’ve become slightly hooked on making these kaleidoscopic abstracts, I couldn’t think of a better way to do it. So here is ‘Circle of Trees’.

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MOOD OF THE ORIENT

Orient for blog

THE memory of my first Christmas in Dubai way back in (ahem) 1996 popped into mind when I’d finished putting these images together.

I remembered buying bags and bags of frankincense and myrrh (plus a little gold trinket) to give as gifts to everyone. It was the first time that I had seen these stunning orange/gold balls of resin and let me tell you, the scent they emit when tossed onto an open fire or onto an oil burner is unbelievably beautiful. To me, they smell of a souk, dusty and musty and heady. Gorgeous.

I got taken back there with these shots, even though they’re images of colourful stones in rock pools, taken on a wonderful beach walk with my family last weekend. I think they’re amongst my favourites. 🙂

THESE DAYS

Bamburgh Castle FB

Morning! You know when you’re so busy that time rushes past in a blur? That. That’s what the past couple of weeks/months have been like. I have managed to squeeze in a trip down to Northumbria where we spent five gloriously sunny days with golden sand between our toes. The castle in the picture above is Bamburgh which overlooks one of the most breathtaking beaches in the UK if you get a chance to visit. Came back laden with snapshots, shells and rocks, collected by my daughter for her rock collection which is fast getting out of control. Soon I’ll have enough to lay a gravel path in our front garden!

Now there’s less than a week to go to get ready for our summer in Italy. A month of mountains and walking in the beautiful Dolomites then sunbathing and relaxation in Umbria, with great food and wine as constant companions. How will I cope? Whatever you’re plans are over these summer months, I hope it’s wonderful and jam-packed full of adventures (and photographs).

THAT NAKED TREE

That naked tree

Just two more days left before school restarts. Two more days of waking up with that lovely feeling of having nothing planned, a real rarity at Casa Fanton. Come Wednesday, we’ll no doubt feel like we’ve been thrown into a salad spinner with a flurry of activities, early starts, homework folders and finding PE kits. For now though, we’re going to immerse ourselves in doing relatively little; perhaps enjoy a few walks, watch a few films, read and eat Easter chocolates. How good does that sound?