Michael Williamson

Everytime I look at this image I smell the river and the lush green of early Summer.

I have a bit of an obsession with this old footbridge. Gated and locked, it seems to span the river without connecting anything.

Grindylows are mythical creatures from the North of England, with their roots thought to be the monster Grendel from the epic of Beowulf. With greenish scaly skin, sharp teeth and long powerful arms to drag unsuspecting humans into their bogs, pools and streams, they were used to frighten children from straying too near dangerous waters.

Grindylows are mythical creatures from the North of England, with their roots thought to be the monster Grendel from the epic of Beowulf. With greenish scaly skin, sharp teeth and long powerful arms to drag unsuspecting humans into their bogs, pools and streams, they were used to frighten children from straying too near dangerous waters.

I have a bit of an obsession with this old footbridge. Gated and locked, it seems to span the river without connecting anything, disappearing without trace into a tangle of undergrowth.

I have a bit of an obsession with this old footbridge. Gated and locked, it seems to span the river without connecting anything. It appears even more mysterious on a moonlit night, with the river flowing silently away into a tangle of fallen trees.

I love mist and fog, the soft light it brings. I especially love it early or late in the day when it combines with low sun. Stillness and calm with a hint of being lost in the woods.

There's something about being in the depths of a forest at night, alone. It's both relaxing and terrifying. Familar sounds - an owl, the bark of a fox - calm, whilst the snap of a branch or a nearly rustle set your heart racing.

There's something about being in the depths of a forest at night, alone. It's both relaxing and terrifying. Familar sounds - an owl, the bark of a fox - calm, whilst the snap of a branch or a nearly rustle set your heart racing.

Combining two of my favourite subjects - the nighttime forest and the possibility of Grindylows!

Light!

Light!

An experiment with over-exposure. I was walking through a copse of siver birch on a cold, blindingly bright late Autumn morning and had to try and capture the quality of that light.

This Spring the woods were carpeted in Wood Anenomes, catching the sunlight.

Experimenting with depth of field and blur with my Lensbaby. I love the ethereal quality this brings, but finding that sweet spot is a real challenge.

I love old botanical illustrations, and I've been trying to bring that focus on subject without bringing those subjects into artificial environments. Hawthorn blossom is perfect for this.

I love old botanical illustrations, and I've been trying to bring that focus on subject without bringing those subjects into artificial environments. Hawthorn blossom is perfect for this.

Whilst experimenting with botanical subjects I've discovered a love of stark contrast and the simplicity it brings to an image.

Michael Williamson

After many years of so-so photography I’ve finally, with the OCA’s help, understood what it is that excites me about landscapes. Mist, dark, fog, clouds, silence. The feeling that I might be lost.

I’m now bringing that to other subjects, mainly botanical initially.

 

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