I left it late to go there, just a few days ago and the deadline is the end of the month. It was a lovely trip anyway, not least because spring is quite a lot further advanced on the Hillion peninsular than it is up here, and the lanes and gardens were foaming with leaves and blossoms. It was quite a fine day, but still quite hazy with mist, and everything was very flat. A few little sandpipers twittered past, there was the odd egret in the distance, but clearly bird photography was not going to be the thing to do. So I went for simplicity and humble subjects. This was my final cut, though I'm not quite certain even now it's the right one, so I won't publish any of the others in case any of you say ' Oh you should have chosen that one instead!'
The categories were:
Human activity: this is one of the vehicles that collects the mussels from the mussel beds at low tide.
Flora: likewise. Otherwise it was yellow wallflowers or thrift, and none of them came out very well. I liked the spareness of this, it echoed the forms of the umbrella pines on the cliff edges, but couldn't be lined up in such a way as to reflect this. There is a backdrop which shows clearly where it is too.
Landscape: difficult to decide whether this was landscape or human activity, but landscapes without any human reference points or activity in them looked a little empty. The sepia is perhaps a cliché, but it does make the scene kind of timeless, and black and white was a bit too cold.
They say they'll display the winning four; a photo exhibition of just four pictures seems to me rather small, so whether they'll mount any exhibition of other submissions I don't know. It was nice to make the prints, to have something concrete to hold and show, and they didn't look bad, the colours in the rock and lichen in the snail one came out well. Worth going to the trouble , really.