Here is another rant from the Heretic. I call myself a self-styled heretic because I rail against the very reason photography is different from other visual arts, namely its ability to render fine detail accurately. For me the lack of detail allows me to tell a different story to that of a picture with full anatomical detail. Here a large component of the picture is made from digital noise and shadows. Let the purists wail in disgust if they like. Detail describes the functionality of the motif. This shot of the weather-beaten remains of the timber pier at Lytham St. Anne’s shows its desolation and isolation. The empty foreground describes the south westerly wind whipping up the sand and blowing it across the beach as the tide quickly returns. For me this picture is about motives and money of the financial backers of the Pier before it was built and how their money-making scheme has been affected by the elements in the Irish Sea.
I choose to add this version of the above picture – contrasty and un-toned to my blog to help balance out the number of Lith and Split-toned pictures that have been posted to date. Taken with a Lensbaby Composer Single Glass lens, no aperture on an Infra-red converted body.
After a few years break I am going to try the Crown Monochrome Group again tonight probably for the third or fourth time. I have not found previous attendances fulfilling. The format of the meetings has a slightly different focus to the ones attended before. So wish me luck.
See www.crownmonochrome.com for their work and programme of events near Bristol UK. On their website there are links to other monochrome groups in the UK.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS