I got these photographs on a spontaneous trip into the woods with my friend back in March. We drove through The Lake District looking for somewhere to park alongside a forest, praying the last of the winter’s snow was still scattering the grounds.
I hope these pictures give you the inspiration you need to grab your boots and clamber through the trees.
Upon writing this post, I was surprised to find the images lent themselves as part of a “set”, if you will. The angle of the photographs, all seemingly taken from below, allow the for the trees to rise up. The images as a whole have a vertical orientation, with the subjects aligning to suit. This was unintentional; it was a nice surprise to see them come together.
The image above is my favourite. The mist was low, lingering between the trees and despite it’s usual turning and twisting, the path here was clear and straight. Believe it or not the image is entirely unedited; I feel a surge of warmth when I see it knowing I was once standing exactly in that spot.
Although I have given the forest primary focus, I always try and incorporate humans into my images. It’s hard to find a person with the confidence to sit for a photograph, let alone relax enough for it to not look staged. However when teamed with nature I feel like sensuality is more important; allowing the viewer to feel the pricks of the pine needles and the dull ache of cold snow in their hands.
For me, I am always considering the situation of light when taking pictures in natural settings, whether I want a huge spectrum of the forest’s colours to come out or (as above) simply create intricate silhouettes.
As Beth walked ahead up the hill towards this fence, I noticed the light coming up from behind, seemingly flooding everything before it, and me, in darkness.
I got in a river to get this shot from below; deciding to focus on the background, the trees rising up, rather than Beth. I think if you are purposefully out to take pictures of a particular setting, rather than a person, it’s important to keep that focus consistent throughout.
Grizedale offers sculpture work too. The one above is a footpath gate, it’s on a huge scale so requires some climbing (which is always fun!)