Ansel Adams famously said that 12 good pictures a year was a good crop (or something like that). I set out to pick 12 of my favourites – not necessarily “good” – with one image from each month of the year. I failed.
For someone who takes most of their images out of doors, the travel restrictions asssociated with COVID – and a general lack of motivation – were a major factor in limiting the number of images I had to choose from. There were some months with a few candidates to choose from, such as January (pre-COVID) when I had a short break in Wales, and October, when I managed a few days in Scotland. In contrast, there are no film images at all in my Lightroom catalog for August 2020, so unless you really want to see an iphone snap of my cats, there’s nothing to show.
One of only two colour images in this selection – shot near Blanchland in Northumberland
A big fat nothing to show from April.
I photographed this gate a few times with different cameras and films – it’s a few hundred yards from home so accessible even in the strictest lockdown restrictions.
The entrance porch at a local church, in infrared.
A pinholeing trip to Lanercost Priory.
Pinhole again, this time at Steetley near Hartlepool
A large format trip to the Cheviot Hills to photograph two waterfalls – this one is Hethpool Linn. Despite living in the North East of England all my life, I only found out about this waterfall this year.
Autumn is the season when I shoot most colour film, for obvious reasons, but my favourite for this month is a long-exposure black and white shot from Ardnamuchan point, looking towards the Small Isles (Rum, Eigg, and Muck).
Back to colour – Ektar in a local wood.
I still have some film shot in November and December waiting to come back from lab processing – a roll of Adox Scala 50 black and white slides. On a trip to Allendale I was shooting the Scala in an Olympus OM10 but also had some Ilford HP5+, rated at EI800, in an Olympus 35RC, which I used for this image. I think the grainy sky works well but it will be interesting to compare the Scala version when I get it back from the lab.
So there we go – 2020 wasn’t an ideal year for photography, or for anything else … lets hope 2021 gets better.
Happy New Year to my readers.