Autumn. It's that time of year that i've never truly had the chance to witness first hand. The leaves change, the sun hides, and the earth seems to take on a whole new persona. That never happened at home. Everything was constant, steady, and the climate was unwavering. A while back, my university's photographic society held a competition and I won. My prize was the chance to attend a workshop hosted by the Royal Photographic Society to 'Capture Autumn Colour'. I was equipped and ready and I made my journey in quick time to Waterlow Park, quite a ways from where I live in Brentford.
The Autumn Colours where vibrant and greeted me as soon as i stepped through the gates. Never had I seen oranges so deep and reds so rusty and I quickly resolved to take in every shade and hue while in session. The workshop was hosted by Robert Cannis an RPS photographer who specializes in wild life and landscapes. He told us to open our eyes and look at our environment and capture those elements and moments that made us think of changing seasons. That is exactly what I did. Below are the photos that i took while on the workshop and little musings about them.
The Photos above are captures of leaves in full Autumn fashion. Gone are the solid greens of summer and spring and in come the bright fiery shades of fall. I found the leaves very interesting. In the summertime, they're all the same more or less. No individuality or defining shades. But, in the fall when its time to die, each tree has a different shade that screams look at me, i was here, this is the last hoorah. It really grabs your attention and makes you miss them when they're gone.
It was a really great experience being surrounded by other photographers and watching them get their shots from different perspectives. It reminded me that each photographer is different and we each see the world in different ways, none less beautiful or artistic than the other. Being able to learn from them and share with them in an environment of mutual understanding was also great. Even though they were all mature/older photographers they never looked down on me. They saw my perspective, applauded what i was able to achieve and taught me ways to improve and be better. I was able to share techniques with them as well so it was a giant forum for peer learning.
I can honestly say that it was a wonderful experience and i'm so happy that I was able to do well in the competition to able to enjoy the workshop I went on. It helped my love for photography grow and even opened a few doors that would have other wise been overlooked. I now have the chance to submit work directly to the RPS and receive accreditation if i'm good enough.
Just Felt Like Sharing <3
- Annetta Jackson