I have often had good intentions to produce an image a day for one month, but normally life gets in the way. I have started, at least, with good intentions of taking advantage of our times in Coronavirus Lock Down to work on my image making, revisit older images and get some serious reading done in readiness for my PhD studies. I intend to produce a compilation blog each week to show the images I have taken. No doubt the Skye weather will produce highs and lows as I work through the month, and some days my creativity might be in short supply, but I will do my best! I am hoping that my photographic journal will provide not only a visual but also a historical record of these extraordinary times – in this regard I may veer from the literal representation to the more creative, from black and white to colour and from square to landscape to portrait format – depending on the day and my mood. So, I am not looking for a coherent body of work that I might be looking for in my professional work but more my reflections and experiences of Coronavirus Lock Down.
Week 1 – Day 1 – Monday 16 March
We were treated to some blustery and wet weather on day 1 of my project and so I decided to revisit the idea I developed in my MA of views through my window. The intention was to produce an image that gives a sense of the experience of looking from inside out at the world. At this stage I am unsure whether I prefer the colour or black and white version but for coherence sake I have decided to show the monochrome version.
Week 1 – Day 2 – Tuesday 17 March
The second day was the first real day of lock down and much of the day was spent preparing for the days to come. It was also my birthday. The weather was even more dull than yesterday and so I have to say I struggled to get any reasonable image. I decided to test my post-processing skills by working on an image from yesterday!
Week 1 – Day 3 – Wednesday 18 March
On the third day the weather was much brighter, and so I decided to drive down to Loch Cill Chriosd and try out some multiple exposure images. A few weeks ago, I had been captivated by the glimmers of light on the Loch’s surface. Whilst I was pleased with my images, I wondered whether multiple exposure might give me the sense of depth and luminosity I was after to be able to share my experience. In post-processing, after converting to black and white I inverted the tone curve to produce my third image.
Week 1 – Day 4 – Thursday 19 March
Day 4 and the weather improved dramatically with blue skies and seas and colourful landscapes. On a walk at Sgianadin I saw an image in my mind’s eye and returned to take the photograph later in the day. I wanted to use the path as a lead in line to the view of Beinn na Caillich, The tall trees on the left help to frame the image. I might return later in the project to see if I can improve on this shot.
Week 1 – Day 5 – Friday 20 March
The weather was glorious on Day 5 of my project and I intended to reproduce the views of a walk with the dogs. I do not normally produce literal shots but I decided that I would make no apology for doing just that on a perfect day. However, when I looked at my images I was drawn to one of a ‘fairy glen’ where the grass and trees sparkled.
Week 1 – Day 6 – Saturday 21 March
Day 6 started early as the uncertainty about the coronavirus and how it would change the world woke me from a light sleep. I caught sight of the gentle muted pinks of the sunrise and rushed downstairs to capture the literal shot that had eluded me yesterday. The air was extremely clear and I was able to see the distant islands not often visible including Rhona.
Week 1 – Day 7 – Sunday 22 March
A walk on the beach at low tide is always fascinating and I needed an image. I like the different shapes and textures of the seaweed and spent some time studying the micro elements of the Bay. Any creativity I can usually muster was lost today. Perhaps it is because I am now at the end of the first week of this project which also marks the period when the fight against Coronavirus was stepped up. I have many weeks of images to take, I am sure, and much time to reflect on my practice and potential projects for the future.