I have now completed my most recent period of practice on Loch Cill Chriosd but in doing so began to think about whether I wish to expand my work to the immediate environs of the loch.  One of the reasons for doing this is in terms of considering whether focus on a single location might provide a more coherent body of work and the other is that I have lost a significant “dwelling” place – the forest of Skinidin that has been felled.  However, at this stage in my PhD I feel I need to work where I feel comfortable and have more potential to activate creative flow.

Today I decide to do a recce and take some shots with my iPhone.

Loch Cill Chriosd Environs iPhone Image 1 – Alison Price, September 2022

Along the loch’s shores are groups of indigenous trees, under which sheep graze and sleep overnight.  The ground is uneven (from the continual movement of the sheep) boggy and dappled with light and shade as the sun changes direction through the day.  I also know it is subject to fog and mist at certain times of the year.  These wooded areas afford glimpses of the loch and provide different reflections, vantage points and perspectives.

Loch Cill Chriosd Environs iPhone Image 2 – Alison Price, September 2022

Loch Cill Chriosd Environs iPhone Image 3 – Alison Price, September 2022

There is a burn that feeds into the southern end of the loch which requires more of my attention over the next few months.

Loch Cill Chriosd Environs iPhone Image 4 – Alison Price, September 2022

The loch is relatively shallow at this end and is often subjected to the ravages of the southerly winds.  There are also more substantial woods that I need to explore.

Loch Cill Chriosd Environs iPhone Image 5 – Alison Price, September 2022

I walk along the eastern side of the loch to the lone silver birch tree that I often visit.

Loch Cill Chriosd iPhone Image 6 – Alison Price, September 2022

I am surprised that even though my walk is familiar, that I have covered over 2 kilometres.  What I consider to be a relatively small loch, extends over a considerable distance, and thus has many points of interest from a photographic perspective, as yet little explored.

As I begin to plan my next six months of practice, I need to identify areas of the STAR and Onion Diagram where I need to do more work.  I need to review the images taken to date and determine whether I need to find new locations or develop my scope in already established areas.  Of course, the nature of my work is about Being, Dwelling and Entanglement and ultimately Allure and so I need to ensure that I am making choices based on these key concepts when choosing where to capture my images.

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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