Friday, 31 August 2012

Gloomy, Moody and Bright

"Gun Metal Nature" is the first of today's images. Although this looks like a black and white shot I can assure you it's not. This is the full color image of a very stormy day on the South coast of England, I have not removed any color during processing (in fact I tried to brighten things up a little). A brooding and menacing sky threatens to turn the day into a washout whilst a dark and forbidding sea thrashes about below. As images go this is probably one of the most dramatic I have captured.

Second image for today is titled the "Sleeping Giant". It's a revealing shot of Brighton's famous Victorian seaside Pier. Normally her ancient iron supports are surrounded by thunderous amounts of sea water. This particular evening there was an unusually low tide which allowed me to wander out on the wet sand and get in close and personal. The black and white treatment and processing of the image gives it a very film noir feel and look. t made me think of a 1930's seafront and Graham Greene's classic novel "Brighton Rock".

"Red Carpet" is the last image for today. For me it's impossible to stand in the middle of a poppy field without thinking of "The Wizard of Oz". Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tinman and the Cowardly Lion all succumb to the overpowering feeling of sleepiness (brought on by the Wicked Witch of the West) as they pass through the field on their way to the Emerald City. It's snowfall (produced by Glinda the Good Witch of the South) that eventually wakes and saves them all. It's an interesting and horrific fact that in the 1939 film (starring Judy Garland) they used a mix of chrysotile asbestos and mica to create the falling snow. Anyway, this poppy field was shot near the the village of Falmer in Sussex, England.

All Photography © Justin Hill