How to pick yourself up after a fantastic first shoot for your new series

It’s a strange thing, I learned a lot from my first solo exhibition. I learned that you go flat, and that you lose  something of your soul from exhibiting, as well as gaining something. Whatever it is you lose, it makes it hard to start a new series, to pick yourself up and start “again” as it were. I made a strong pact with myself that that wouldn’t happen this time. I had planned, nebulously it must be said, the very nature of my next series, and I was feeling very very inspired by it at the time of Touching Nature. In fact  I can only describe my state of being as impatient to have the whole exhibition over with so I could get cracking as they say.

And I did.

So why, you might ask did it take me so long to post in this blog then? Good question. The answer is a strange one. The first shoot for my new series “the Winter Tree” went amazingly well. I loved what I did, I was so happy with it. It is going to be different to what I have done before, I hope, an evolution of my still life work. Sharper maybe, less focused on movement in time, but rather instead a memory of time.

It seems a weird thing to say, but it isn’t always good to have the “perfect” first shoot. It actually screwed me over. After it, the next few attempts at set building and creation went amiss, widely, sadly, embarrassingly amiss. I was shattered. I was just so frustrated and confused and angry about it all. It has taken me some time to pick it up and start to rebirth my vision. And now I am about to break it off and go gallivanting around the US. Maybe it’s a good thing a break to let it all percolate again. Who knows.

My intention in the US is to undertake a bit of a homage to my favourite American photographers, so stay tuned for a rather different travel blog – if I knew what it was going to be, I would tell you, but I don’t know that I have fully grasped it yet! We shall just have to journey together as to what an A L Washington art travel blog might mean. Expect motion shots. Blurring. Some feet (I like photographing feet and hands – odd really). Maybe some weirdly cropped views of hotel rooms?

But in the meantime to give you a brief glimpse into the future of the Winter Tree, it will be series based on the visions of feelings long since gone to memory, and is based around snippets of poetry I have written over the years, one particular series of poems about a pair of lovers considering their previous relationship, their current lives and their futures.

Here are a couple of the images shot so far – they may not even make it into the series, I don’t know. But they are a look at what I am trying for:

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