..As a boy in school, my twin subject areas of strongest interest were Mathematics and Art. Photography combines the two so I feel I’ve really landed on my feet. I originally wanted to be a painter – I seemed to be good in that medium, but I didn’t see myself surviving in England. I felt that I needed a way to make a living and photography is an ideal vehicle for both survival and personal expression. – Michael Kenna –
Now I was never that great at Mathematics in school, or Art for that matter. But in later years I came to be quite proficient in Mathematics at least. I see my photography today as Art. Photographing the rugged landscapes in the Snowdonia National Park and our North Wales coast is my way of expressing myself.
This tree on the edge of Llyn y Dywarchen has always intrigued me. How did it end up there? Maybe it was planted for a reason but look at the surrounding landscape. But I think I know why it’s there. As you follow the wall towards the tree there are the remains of an abandoned stone house. Perhaps the owner of the house planted it? Interestingly enough, if you walk further around the lake you will find another abandoned house. It’s got a tree also, well a couple to be precise.
A week or so ago I was on the coast waiting for the sun to set. But I’d got the tide times wrong. The tide was on the way in and I knew I was never going to see that setting sun. At least not from the spot I was currently standing on. Time to move before I get my feet wet…and it’s not the first time that’s happened. I broke the golden rule. Forgot to look behind me. Last summer I was so busy concentrating on getting the sunset I didn’t spot the tide creeping in behind my back. Fortunately I spotted it in time and had to paddle through a small puddle to a drier part of the beach. has that ever happened to you? Frightening at first. My first thought was had the stretch of water turned the sand into quicksand, I must admit I was glad to be carrying my tripod that day.
Here in North Wales I think as photographers we are extremely lucky. The National Park is easily accessible, as is our coastline. We get some amazing sunsets throughout the year, even in wintertime. What more could we ask for?
Snow can sometimes be found on the mountains, transforming the landscape, making everything look brighter and enabling us to photograph “something different”
I think you can see from this series of photographs that I enjoy getting out, photographing our wonderful landscapes. Am I expressing myself? I hope you think I am….