Sands of Time

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Compton Beach, IoW

Taking a walk along this familiar coastline this morning, and came across a debris strewn section close to a small stream. The recent heavy rainstorms and winds that battered southern England since mid-December have significantly soaked the ground and raised the water-table, and many rivers have broke their banks and low lying towns flooded.

What a difference a day makes

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Yesterday was a frosty morning, and I made the above photograph at Wimbledon Common with dog walkers and golfers enjoying a chilly outing. The air was crisp and the sky clear but very, very cold. This morning, a huge snow front blanketed the entire UK, and dropped over 4 to 5 inches of snow in blizzard conditions. The British Isles is known for it’s wet weather, so it was a respite from the rain, but when the snow thaws, that will cause another bout of flooding.

Review 2012 : My Top 20

As we approach the end of 2012, at the cusp of a new year, I always look back through the months to review the images that I have taken to see what has transpired photographically for me, personally. I have selected 20 instead of 15 in 2011, having taken more images this year. I am currently working on a series which I will announce perhaps in the new year, but still lacking in numbers for now, so it is shelved until Spring comes round. Commonscapes, a series of landscapes photographed in close by Wimbledon Common was started when I discovered that I actually like walking, (and contemplating) with dog in tow. I can see myself shooting MF not too long. If only there was a digital square medium format camera to use which doesn’t cost the Earth and more.

Photography today more than ever, takes on a new meaning for me. I still like shooting street images, but because I have seen so many street images that lack intent and story lately, I focus now more on humour and irony rather than drama and contrasts. I go through phases in my photography, like reading books. I am into crime novels at the moment.

2012 has been a challenge in many respects, what, with the rise in prominence of Instagram and smartphone images to a new level, and the slow death of DSLRs  caused by the onslaught of compact interchangeable lens formats, will surely be an interesting story to follow. Now that more and more photographers are composing through LCD screens rather than viewfinders, it would be worthwhile to examine if there are any compositional differences that may be gauged collectively in the kind and style of images that are produced throughout the world.

Here are my Top 20 for 2012 :

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1. Chinese tourists on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral, London

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2. Height of Summer, Hyde Park, London

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3. Orang Asli mother and her children, ‘Magick River’, Perak, Malaysia

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4. By ‘Magick River’, Perak, Malaysia

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5. Butcher, ‘Little Burma’, Kuala Lumpur

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6. Cult revelers, Notting Hill Carnival, London

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7. Street pose, Notting Hill Carnival, London

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8. Christmas display, Kuala Lumpur

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9. Waiters waiting, San Marco, Venice

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10. Sami, Tunisian, Venice from series Merchants of Venice

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11. Wheatfield, Burgundy, France

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12. Tourists, Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy

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13. Fairground boy, Wimbledon Common

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14. Wild flowers, Tuscany, Italy

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15. Dinosaur Coast, Brook Chine, Isle of Wight

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16. Wimbledon Common pond, from series Commonscapes

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17. Untitled 1 from series Commonscapes

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18. Veteran and his medals, Remembrance Sunday, London

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19. Winter walkers, Wimbledon Common

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20. Volunteer harvester, Bothy Vineyard, Oxford

See my 2011 Review here