Pretty much perfect condition to watch the spring eclipse this morning. The Lawns in Old Town seemed to be a very popular place to watch it. It went really cold and quite dark when it was at its peak. I concentrated on taking photos of the people rather than the eclipse itself. There will be thousands of photos out there of it far better than I could take.
Well what a lovely afternoon in Swindon it is. After the awful weather of late and even this morning it is just delightful if a little cold this afternoon. It is just like a spring day and as such areas of The Lawns in Old Town Swindon are covered in Snowdrops and they look lovely. This is in stark contrast to the old trees that succumbed to the recent storms and wet weather.
Just goes to show though the circle of nature. For me photographing the dead is as important as the living.
Swindon got off really lightly last night during the St Judes storm that has caused a certain amount of havoc elsewhere in the South of the UK. There is lots of leaves and smaller branches all over the place and it is very wet under foot but very few trees have been blown down. This is one of them though. In The Lawns.
Well no photo of Sunday anymore. Why? I have been carrying out quite a bit of research and despite it being only the 4th Sunday of the year I have decided to bin it because it is not providing any benefit to me or anybody else. Stats are showing very few hits on those posts and to be honest I can understand why. There is no theme and is therefore completely random and unless I am on another assignment then I am just taking an image just for the sake of it with very little thought behind it. With very little information around the photo, why it was taken etc then why would anybody actually be interested in reading it.
What I should be doing more of is explaining things and why I do them, how I do them etc.
So as a start, I did a small photo shoot this morning. It was only mug shots for the person to send off as part of his profile as part of a competition. It was carried out in a gym, (in the squash court to be precise) where lighting is just awful. And short of getting the flash and umbrellas out it was a case of the ISO at 3200 and hope for the best. I just did not feel happy with the results which prob will suffice for what it was for but I just did not feel satisfied. Which at the end of the day is what it is all about for me. I have to feel emotionally involved in what I am doing and I didnt. Is that true of all professional photographers? I dont want to just earn money and not feel as though I have not done a good job.
So this blog is going to go back to the Swindon News/Photojournalism and I am not going to try to combine other things with it.
Likewise I am going to re-design my website to provide a better experience, better show case for my better images from both the UK and Spain and try to make it more interesting.
This morning there has been a heavy snowfall in Swindon which has caused many schools and businesses to close. Roads to be blocked and closed and I am sure a fair few accidents. I spent a cold and wet couple of hours wandering around Lawn Woods and part of Old Town and these are just a few of the many images I took. I may even go out again later, depending what is happening.
There were plenty of both adults and kids out enjoying the time off from school or work.
Well this post isnt news, more of a question really.
This afternoon I was walking around looking for ‘people’ shots as this week I am the ‘PeopleofSwindon‘ tweeter and was looking for people of Swindon to photograph. As I was walking through Lawn Woods I noticed this withered bunch of flowers leant against the base of a knarled old tree. No message or anything, just the flowers.
Who are they for? what happened there? why that spot?
I have lived very very close to the Lawn Woods for 12 years and I have no idea.
Does anybody out there know what the story is?