Changes

One of the benefits of having a dog (and not having to go to the office every day) is that you are forced to become a pedestrian. I spent too much of my life outside of the house in the confines of a car—because of the need to commute, or get the shopping in quickly and so on.

Walking and being exposed to the elements makes you much more aware of the natural world. Because you’re not insulated from cold and rain, and because your attention is free to wander, rather than watch the road, you see things at more visceral level than before.

I’ve mentioned before that there is a particular spot on my regular walks with the dog that has a special attraction to me. I can’t really explain why  those particular trees from that particular position is something that I look forward to seeing whenever I go that way, but the fact is that I always take time to slow down and just watch those silver birch framing the willow.

And, of course, over the course of the last six months or so, I’ve watched (and photographed) the trees wake from their winter dormancy to full spring exuberance.

Here, then, are some pictures of the seasonal change in one particular stand of trees.

An Important caveat

I have added the following text to my Services page:


 

In September 2014, I signed my name to the UN’s HeForShe campaign. My intent was to confirm (to myself, as much as anybody) my commitment to the principles enshrined in (for example) the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. In signing the UN’s campaign, I was committing myself to do more than just hold those principles dear to me, but to actively stand up for them: to oppose those who would deny another person their fundamental rights.

As a part of taking an active stance on these matters, I want to state the following:

Whilst I take great delight in shooting photographs for people, and am always happy to accommodate your needs and desires wherever possible,

  • If you have a misogynistic attitude, or if you believe that misogyny is not a global, cross-culture, cross-societal problem that needs to be tackled; or
  • If you have a racist attitude, or if you believe that racism is not a global, cross-culture, cross-societal problem that needs to be tackled; or
  • If you have a homophobic attitude, or if you believe that homophobia is not a global cross-culture, cross-societal problem that needs to be tackled;

then I do not want to do business with you.

This is my statement of personal ethics. It’s important to me.