My passion for photographing decay

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.

Still life of aging wood

These wonderful colour tones could only be achieved by allowing nature to have her way. Such a pity that some people would look at subjects like these and see no visual appeal at all. For me they are just wonderful. Photograph by Philip Dunn

Natural Beauty
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.

Photography Location
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
Many of you will have received an email from me today regarding the places still available on the Photography Weekend Break here in Kirkcudbright January 27-29th.
These Photography Breaks are great value, wonderful fun and there’s lots of photography tuition… hope to see you.

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