http://www.simonnorfolk.com (Blenheim Oaks)
The history behind these images is similar to that of Escot where I am photographing. Each blade of grass, twig of a branch has a story to tell and it is that earth deep background that makes these landscapes what they are today. Be it man altered or forgotten for centuries, no current topography was there by accident. Often unnoticed upon our landscape, Norfolk’s impressive photos have put a spotlight on the beauty of these majestic oaks and have forced people to stop and pay attention to their extreme grace and significance within the British ecosystem. The use of portrait format works exceedingly well in emphasising their grandeur and importance as they stand tall above mankind and all he can hope for which is what I need to consider when photographing the natural poise of the Devon landscape. Also I need to pay particular attention to the sky and available light when shooting, whilst I haven’t ruled out using flash, I want to try and exploit the natural light as much as possible first and see what results I acquire and/or whether or not black and white photos work better for my exhibition. These images have inspired me to concentrate harder on illuminating the beauty of the natural world of Escot’s landscape, be it the wider picture or the finer details, every element as important as the next.
11_Planel <<< Clickable PDF of below article, now published privately in a book called ‘A fresh approach’, coinciding with the 80th birthday of Emeritus Professor Colin Platt who currently lives near Totnes by Philippe Planel.