The gale force winds have subsided and the temperature has risen but there is still a chill in the air as I walk along the shore of the loch. I decide to focus on the many trees that surround the loch to give a sense of being surrounded by trees as well as capturing glimpses of the loch through the trees. I continue working with a 50mm lens and use intentional camera movement to give a sense of what is a dull day. Having said that, the benefits of a dull day is deep colour saturation. I walk a considerable way, disturbing the many sheep that frequent the shoreside and the coppices of trees along the single-track road. I keep a check on my shutter speed and look at the images I produce as I go. It is always a delicate balance between too much movement that creates a colourful mashup and slowing down too much and creating an image that looks like I have camera shake. My supervisor spoke of the painterly feel of my images and I attempt to capture this aesthetic with a wider angle of view.
I retrace my steps – seeing different photographic opportunities and vistas as I go. I see that, during the gales yesterday, the broken reeds have accumulated in the loch. As I walk, I reflect on Jacques Derrida’s words about glimpsing through the crevice and think about the various ways I am seeking to do this with my images. Today I have captured glimpses of the sky, the water of the loch, the reeds through the trees and the Red Hills beyond.
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.