Title 'Running Up That Hill'.
It all kicked off with a late October rainy day in Dorset.
I was driving a car packed with fellow photographers to Beer, passing through Seaton when I spotted this triptych of wind swept trees. I was the only person to get out of the car and take a snap with a very long lens.
This image haunted me for ages, until I had a dream about what it could look like.
Several days and test prints the image was ready.
Various contributing elements:
• The hill was the starting block, with a slight downward transformation
on the righthand side.
• The texture on the hillside was from seaweed wrapped around a boulder
in the Aird of Sleat on the Isle of Skye.
• The silhouettes of mother & daughter chasing their hound was taken at Crosby beach. Land of the Iron Men statues.
• The sky texture came from the Athabasca Ice-field in Alberta, Canada.
I knew it would come in handy one day!
• I found the Moon in my back garden one night and rotated it slightly.
I’m very strong.
• The use of tonal lighting adjustments gave the overall emotional spark.
I wanted the main source of light to look as if it was coming from behind the hill.
Hey presto, there you have it ‘Running Up That Hill’!
and now she has a sister image called 'Spellbound'.
I only produce this photomontage on heavy acid free art textured paper using Epson pigment inks, each limited edition is titled and signed.
It is turning out to have quite a fan base with several happy owners!
Main image f/5.6 • 1/800sec • ISO400 • 400mm focal length
no tripod • no wellies • and a camera!
Dorset, Corby, Alberta, St Ives, and my back garden!