If you are a regular follower of the PhotoActive Blog, you’ll be aware of my delight in photographing what some benighted souls might describe as junk.
I suppose after People Photography, ‘Junk’ Photography is my favourite subject. I just love to capture the way nature matures and ages objects when they have been left outdoors for any length of time, and natural elements have been left to get on with their job of reclamation.
Rust, rot and natural decay can create the most astonishing visual power and appeal. It makes me very sad to watch the modern obsession with tidying everything up in the name of so-called ‘efficiency’. To me it is sheer vandalism when I see a glorious ancient tree stump hacked down because the owner of the land is blind to its natural beauty.
There’s a farm near here where you could play tunes on the barbed wire fences they are so tight. If a branch falls from a tree, it’s immediately cleared away. The place is dreadful and I speed up my walking pace in order to pass though it as quickly as possible. It’s a visual desert.
Well, on a happier note – here’s another photograph taken the other day in that wonderful new location I’ve discovered ‘somewhere in deepest Galloway’. You don’t need to be a genius to see why I enjoyed the place so much.
The picture is another of those ‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’ photographs’. Nothing has been changed either to the framing, exposure of colour saturation. What you see is exactly as it was taken.
- Camera Nikon: D700
- Lens: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 at approx 50mm
- ISO: 200
- Shutter Speed: 1/13th sec
- Aperture: f/14
- Gitzo Traveller tripod used