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Winter in a Country Park

I travel through Poolsbrook Country Park on my way to work in the week, I see all the seasons throughout the year. The sunsets, the sunrises, the snow, the iced over lake and the burnt, dry grass of summer… all of them.

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This series is shot entirely in natural light over a number of years with different cameras and lenses. Due to work and family commitments it is very hard to get time out to photograph for myself so I tend to photograph while walking to my destinations.

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I have a very small window of time to photograph in the park during my walk to work, I would say around 15 to 20 minutes in total. This is dependent on the weather and the clarity of the sunrise. Results are very often varied but rarely do I come out without getting at least half a dozen shots that I’m happy with.

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It’s not uncommon to see the lake frozen mid-winter, the lake becoming a “landing pad” for the wild birds that breed and live there. Towards the end of Winter when the temperature starts to rise eerie mist is seen floating off the pond, very often onto the stretch of road that runs by the park. Most of the trees have no leaves at this time except for a few perennials.

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Although the park is not at first viewing aesthetically pleasing due to electric cables and pylons I’m a big believer in making the best of what you have to work with and decided long ago to make the pylons a fixture in the pictures i shoot at the park. Composed with care the pylons can look not too much out of place and adds to the dramatic skies that are often seen over the skyline at sunrise.

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Frost and Berries go well together
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The frosticles are beautiful

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Minimalism in the Ordinary Stuff

Sometimes “less is more”, in its purest form minimalism photography is taking the ordinary and giving it a dramatic twist utilising light and composition to capture simplicity. Concentrating on colours, lines and textures and leaving the interpretation to the viewer in a subjective way.

I base my own minimalism photography ideas on texture, composition, colours and shape. I see details rather than the whole picture so zoning in on patterns, textures and shapes is quite natural for me. I more or less exclusively employ the “rule of thirds” with my minimalism work… It just seems to be more aesthetically pleasing to me that way.

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Pointed Cement Joint 
Day 01 - Swing
A park swing base
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Drain Cover
Day 04 - Sidewalk
Edge of the pavement curb stones
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Latch on a sandstone wall
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My Mad World (The Walk to Work)

All around me are familiar faces, Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races, Going nowhere, going nowhere
Their tears are filling up their glasses, No expression, no expression
Hide my head I wanna drown my sorrow, No tomorrow, no tomorrow
– Mad World (Tears for Fears)

I walk to work 5 days a week all seasons, all weathers. I see the sunrises and the passing of time with the seasons, the buds growing and blooming , the leaves fall and the flowers bloom and die, it’s the most magical journey i take twice a day. From light hitting the pavement and roads, steam coming off the street lights with their beams shining down, fading to nothing, frost on the berries, the texture on the leaves, their veins, the shades of bark on the trees, paint on the bridges, the flakes and shades of old and new, Then there is the sound of the birds chirping, different breeds all at once and cars and whizzing past with the tyres making the squishing sound through puddles and watching the droplets subside when they’ve gone. It’s blessing and a curse.

I don’t envy life as a daily commuter stuck in a steel box for however long the journey is, disconnected from their surroundings. Sure I would get there faster but I would miss SO much happening in the world….. my little world of the 20 minute window walking to work.

 

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The light… it’s always about the light. 
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So quiet, but at 5pm this road is end to end with traffic. 
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Reflections.. mono and colour in the same space. Natural light and street light. 

 

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One of the park benches frosted over. Sat here gives a beautiful view of the lake whatever the weather. 

 

 

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The winding gear wheel of the local coal mine that once occupied the space where these photographs were taken.
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Less that 10 minutes walk from the first picture. The lake frozen over giving a superb reflection to the fiery sky.