Monday, 23 January 2012

What Happened to Winter (and My Blog)?

Oh dear, oh dear. No postings here for 4 months. Am I bad at blogging or what?

Well my excuse is I have two lovely teenage daughters (need I go on?) who are both talented musicians and just over a year ago they started writing and performing together under the name 'Wolfhound'. Well, one thing led to another and to my astonishment (because these things generally never happen to me) they have been doing rather well for themselves. Very well in fact and while I'm not counting on a yacht in the Caribbean for a birthday present, I do believe they have half a chance at enough success to make a living from their music. If you like music please check out their website.

As a consequence of this they are receiving the full parental support that sadly many kids their ages don't seem to get from parents who would rather their children become lawyers or accountants. For my part this means I have become a part-time band manager / promoter / booking agent / tour bus driver / roadie / sound engineer / record producer / music video director and videographer. Sounds like fun? You bet it is, but the downside is that I don't have anywhere near as much spare time as I once did for those little extras such as writing this blog.

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

One of the benefits for me from all this is I've picked up some new skills which includes making short videos and while I do not see this as a major part of my photographic career, it has got me thinking of producing some landscape based video clips. I'm thinking of specifically time lapse clips which may or may not come out of a music video project I am considering at the moment.

I am hoping to get writing for this blog again (this is a start) but perhaps will write something just once a month. Who knows you may see something from my video project in due course.

So, back to my question, what happened to winter? Here in the southwest of England we are used to mild winters, but the last two winters hinted that perhaps that might have come to an end. So what happened? Well we're just about to exit one of the warmest winters on record! I think I can count the number of mornings I had to scrape ice of my car on the fingers on one hand. I had such great ideas for some winter photography (and time lapse work) but unless there's a dramatic change very soon, I'll have to wait another year.

Cheddar Gorge, Somerset
Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

So I thought I'd post a couple of images I made on the top of the cliffs at Cheddar Gorge just down the road from me during the winter before last. The weather wasn't brilliant for this trip onto the cliffs. It was it quite slippery carrying all my large format gear to the top and when I arrived a small blizzard had started which didn't stop until nightfall. This led to a rather misty look to the vista scenes which at the time I remember being quite disappointed with. Now a couple of years on I am rather fond of the look. There is a cold dampness about these images that remind me of the cold wind and the snow down my neck that day. On reflection, perhaps I'm not too disappointed it's been mild this year.