As I develop some of the ideas emerging from the collaborative practice period with Katie, I return to the loch. It is resplendent, like the silver birch tree, with the saturated colours of autumn. The reeds are showing similar signs as the lone tree of a life on the wane (for this year at least) battered by the winds and rain, leaning, and woven together in an entangled life. When I arrive the reflections are almost as intense as the colours of the reeds themselves although there is a gentle movement on the loch which makes for a mysterious, rather than perfect mirroring of the reality above.
As I work, the loch’s surface becomes more dynamic and the reflections less distinct. This is emphasised by my decision to combine three exposures in camera. I focus on the rather untidy and pummelled appearance of the reeds. Some patches are very dense and it is difficult to see through them in places and in areas it is possible to frame the images to show a hint of what lies beyond – a ripple or a shimmer of light.
And finally, I play with the camera and look through the reeds from a distance to capture the patterns revealed through reflections.
My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.