landscape and sea in colour

When we take colour photographs of landscapes and the sea, are we just recording what was in front of us on that day or do we say more about ourselves by the the type of landscapes we favour and the colours that attract our eye?

I find I need to know a landscape before I can photograph it. I have to be able to feel it as well as see it. On the simplest level, this means that if I’m photographing landscape I’m unfamiliar with I have to visit it twice. Once to get to a sense of it and the second time to make the images. On another level, I can and do photograph my local landscape over and over again.  This is because that landscape changes continually with the light and the seasons and my approach to taking photographs changes all the time too. You can never take the make the same photograph twice.

Living in the north west of England I have access to some of the best scenery in Britain. Morecambe Bay, Cumbria and the Lake District are on my door step and the whole of Scotland is further up the road. With this windswept upland comes windswept weather. Dramatic weather is great for photography, but if its too windy even your tripod gets blown about. The worst weather for landscape photography up here in the north is day after day of blank grey cloud. We get a lot of days like this. Brilliant clear blue sky is just as bad, so spring and autumn are often the favourite times of year for landscape photography enthusiasts.

As with my black and white landscapes, I’m drawn more to obscure glimpses of a view or an intimate corner of a landscape rather than the famous ‘must get’ shots.