Landscapes by Women

Australia
I am delighted to have been accepted into Landscapes by Women, a collective of inspiring photographers with a growing presence in the industry.  My fellow members not only have strong portfolios but they also educate, lead tours, inspire through lectures and contribute images and text to prestigious publications here in the UK and beyond.  I am honoured to be in their company.
East Sussex
By why Landscapes by Women?  In this emancipated age, do we really need a group specifically for women?  Landscape photography is a male dominated field. There may be purely practical reasons for this.  Issues of personal safety complicate being out alone with expensive kit in remote locations and low light.  Although there are many exceptions, generally women take the larger role in raising children.  It can be hard to chase the best light when tea has to be made, homework supervised, bedtime stories read.   I can’t count the number of times I have watched beautiful light through the window while cooking dinner.   Chatley Heath
I hasten to add that I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I feel privileged to be a mum and consider it the best and most important job I will ever have.   But you can see why landscape photography might favour the men.
British Columbia
However, there are more female landscape photographers now than ever before. Landscapes by Women celebrates that fact and aims to ‘show that regardless of any challenges women face, we can bring unique and compelling images’. I would love it if you had time to visit the website and see for yourself.  You can also find us on Facebook.

Waterworld 2

Surrey floods

Walton Bridge

Last month I posted some photographs of the floods along my local stretch of the River Thames, between Weybridge and Hampton.

Surrey floods

Hampton riverside

As many will know, the Thames has burst its banks again, only more so.

Surrey floods

Walton Bridge from Thames Meadow

I took these photos today and yesterday. If you are not familiar with the area, these images will not have as much impact but, for locals, the inundated landscape is a weird and frightening sight, strangely beautiful at times, but bringing suffering to so many.

Surrey Floods

Fire Brigade rescuing people from flooded homes

The people I saw being evacuated were outwardly cheerful, putting a brave face on a horrible situation.

Surrey floods

Walton Quay

Sadly, more rain is forecast for tonight and the rest of the week – I fear the worst is yet to come.

Surrey floods

The Thames claims Walton Lane

Weather front

Surrey landscape

50, f/11, 1.3″, 20 mm
Circ. polariser, .6 ND hard grad. and .9 pro glass (I think!)

Another shot from Tuesday’s day out along the Wey Navigation. Was it worth it, capturing this towering weather front, in return for three days of foul weather and counting? Definitely.

A return to bugs tomorrow – this warning is for you, Gunta. 😉

Epic light and changeable weather

Wey Navigation
The last couple of days have been really foul here – loads more rain that our already saturated landscape really didn’t need, and unremitting grey skies. But on Tuesday, as the weather front rolled slowly in over the Surrey countryside, Jen and I were treated to some seriously epic skies.
Surrey landscape
Fortuitously, we had chosen for our weekly photoshoot the Wey Navigation towpath between Cartbridge and Triggs Lock. The Navigation is bounded here by water meadows, open spaces and big skies. We were like the proverbial children in the sweet shop (kids in a candy store in American!). It will take me a while to get through all the images I made but here are the first few out of the digital darkroom. Little editing required thanks to my circ. polariser and ND grad. filters. Colours as they appeared on the day.
Weather front

More murmurations

starlings
Last month, I posted some images of our local starling murmuration.  I popped back three times last week and was delighted to find them still there, doing their thing, only in greater numbers.  Yesterday was the best yet as the sunset kindly provided a colourful backdrop.
starlings

Competition success!

poppy fieldI am very excited today because the news has just gone public that I have won Surrey Life magazine’s calendar photography competition.  Here’s a link to the announcement.  My winning image is Evening Poppies (above) and it goes on the cover of the calendar.  January’s image is also one of mine: Winter on Desborough Island.  A further two have been requested for the exhibition at Denbies Wine Estate in January: Moonrise over Weybridge and Autumn at the Lake.

Surrey snowscape

Surrey landscape Painshill Park