My thoughts are turning to the exhibition in May and starting to produce new work. So I went out with renewed energy to try to capture the Ephemeral Hiddenness of Skye. My aim was to produce some new monochrome images to give a sense of the inhospitable and unforgiving landscape of Skye.
This first photograph is an image I submitted for my final module portfolio for my MA. I cropped it as a square and worked on the light and shade to give a sense of what it is like to be among the Black Cuillin:
I also returned to one of my favourite spots in the Red Cuillin where I took this shot a year ago:
It is interesting to compare images over a period of time. This year the snow extended further down the Cuillin and the conditions on the peaks were more turbulent with the snow being blown from the ridge:
I cropped the image to a square but I am not sure it works because it has removed a sense of the landscape. I then cropped a similar image in a different way to emphasise the horizontal lines of the hills and focusing in the near ridge:
Again I wasn’t satisfied so I went back to the drawing board to see if I could improve the images and this was the outcome. I returned the following day to the same spot and was attracted by the lines coming from the ridge of the Bheinn on the right. As I watched a snowstorm started to obscure the mountain ridge in the background and gave an ethereal feel to the scene while still retaining the patterns of the snow on the scree:
As with all my images of the week there is still more work to do but I feel I have captured some of the atmosphere and experience of being in the Red Cuillin on that day.