I return to the forest again in bright midday sun.  I am a little apprehensive after the comments from my supervisors yesterday, that the previous day’s images (Day 3) looked like digital paintings and were overpowering.  I am disappointed by their feedback and feel less able to play with my image making today.

The clouds are blue although there are threatening grey clouds around too.  It is bitterly cold.  The loch is at high tide and the path along the shore is iced over.  The surrounding Red Hills are covered in snow.

I start taking photographs in a stand of trees I have not previously explored.  I decide to try to capture a sense of being surrounded by trees both horizontally and vertically.  So, I direct my camera up into the canopy and the entanglement of the many boughs of the trees almost touching in their fight for light.  As I gaze up, I can see the sky beyond the canopy but am closed in by the darkness of the trunks and the little light between them.

Essence of Trees 12 – Alison Price, January 2021

Essence of Trees 13 – Alison Price, January 2021

Essence of Trees 14 – Alison Price, January 2021

After a lecture on philosophies of the imagination earlier I think my creativity takes over and my mind drifts to the Lord of the Rings and the forest takes on a mystical, dream-like quality.

Essence of Trees 15 – Alison Price, January 2021

Essence of Trees 16 – Alison Price, January 2021

I begin to feel trapped with the dense cover and uneven ground under my feet.

Essence of Trees 17 – Alison Price, January 2021

My mind starts to race as I wonder how I can get out.  As I break cover the heavens open and I am pounded by a hailstorm.

My images today reflect all the thoughts in my mind as I played with my camera.

Alison Price

Alison Price

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.
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