Thursday, June 01, 2006
Contemplating My Surroundings
I grew up on Southern Vancouver Island and although I moved away from the beautiful Island quite a number of years ago and now live in the equally beautiful Okanagan, I like to visit quite often. One place that I like to photograph and is not far from my parent's home is Witty's Lagoon Park, which includes Tower Point, on just about any day you find Sea Lions basking on the rocks not far from the shore. While contemplating the area on a bright overcast fall day in October of 2005 I was struck by the number of Oak trees bent and twisted into various forms and loved the look of the trees at the edge of the sea, the foliage on the surrounding bushes had started to turn a nice shade of yellow, adding contrast to the scene. On a thoughtful note, one of the things for me as a photographer is to constantly challenge myself to see my subjects and surroundings from a different perspective even places that I have visited on a regular basis, there are pictures hidden where ever I might be photographing its up to me to find them. I made the image with a 4 x 5 view camera ( Tachihara ) , a 120mm lens and the film holders were loaded with Tri-X .