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Puffins galore! – Isle of May

I was privileged to visit the Isle of May off the east coast of Scotland for a three day photographic study during the breeding season. It was not my first time as I had travelled to the island for a short two hour venture the previous year and that had whetted my appetite to study the amazing bird life on this national nature reserve. Access to the island is very limited as it is home to what is now the largest Puffin colony in Britain, some 55,000 pairs, as well as having prolific numbers of Razorbills and Guillemots. As you [...]

Dereliction – scenes from the past

An old byre/milking house provided the scene for these dereliction shots. Inside the building - almost devoid of content, was a small armchair and fireplace. "The beauty is in the detail ... " Robert Hendry The background for this minimalist image was a once whitewashed rough sandstone wall; now algae-laden with damp; the floor of tightly-laid, glazed brick with a central channel and covered in detritus of time passed. The detail tells a story... the chair, now a crippled wreck with leg missing and innards bare is a mere representation of it's former self. The next shot of the larger [...]

Dereliction photography part II

Imagine a scene depicting an old run-down cottage in a tranquil meadow or an old decayed fishing boat on a beach stretching into the distance – it does not really matter if the image is attractive or not, the point is that dereliction photography is about what you decide to record as a photograph. How you go about taking the photograph to stimulate the viewer is the challenge… the normal rules of photography such as rule of thirds and leading lines always apply, but what about breaking the rules? Ansel Adams said ‘There are no rules for photographs, only good [...]

Dereliction photography part I

Some people may question the purpose of dereliction photography. Unlike landscape photography most of the images are not ‘beautiful’ or ‘pleasing’, so why waste time taking these images at all? In the past, famous war photojournalists have produced iconic images that were evocative for their gritty documentary style depicting the mood and feelings of their subjects. Their images also conveyed what was happening and provided an important historical record. These were certainly not pretty images but they stimulated thought and feelings within the viewer. Although not as dangerous, (but sometimes not without some element of danger) dereliction photography can be [...]

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