- I am choosing times when I believe the light and weather conditions will be more favourable
- I have a large number of images taken in bad weather and
- I am doing an intensive period of writing draft sections of my PhD thesis and I will continue to do this as long as I am able to find the words.
This different combination of academic research, writing and practice is paying dividends and seems to be having a positive effect on all areas of my PhD. My writing is forcing me to think deeply about how the constructs of the Onion Diagram, borne out of and conceived from my photographic practice. relate to academic theory and research. I am also finding examples in my practice that evidence the various signifiers, which is serving the purpose of finding connections, links and more references that support my work. It also means, that as I do more research and complete the sections of my thesis, the development of ideas and my conclusions inform my ongoing practice. This approach also helps me to identify gaps in my practice and areas where I need more experimentation and deep practice to achieve an intuitive skill level.
As a result, I am enjoying my photography more. It is wonderful to be able to dwell in the landscape and focus over longer periods of time. In a particularly relentless winter of wind and rain, it was difficult to spend time outdoors, writing in my journal and waiting for photographic opportunities. I am now able to wander, saunter and enjoy my craft. I have time to play and wait, and only press the shutter when I become aware of Being.
I believe that the images taken in the five days to date mark a significant improvement on previous work and include some “keepers”. For me, they provide a glimpse of something more, the image is more than the sum of its parts. These are a few of them:
I am looking forward to the second week focusing on Loch Cill Chriosd.