BTEC – The ‘New’ New Forest

This was completed for “People in the Countryside”.  It depicts a group of volunteers planting new trees in the New Forest in Hampshire, England.  This was based on a photo I saw in the National Portrait Gallery in London called “Actors’ last Supper” by Alistair Morrison.  I liked how everyone was doing something different in a posed shot.  This wasn’t posed so though and it worked out really well.



‘Resuscitare’ is a new sculptural installation at Mottisfont House and Gardens in Hampshire by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva.  These are five trunks that have been in the woods on the Mottisfont estate for some time,  and have been extracted from the woods, cleaned, patterned with gold gilding, and then buried in the ground in a circle (within an existing beach tree circle) with the roots at the top.  My contribution was digging the holes to put the trunks into!  This is my slightly different view of the installation.  Terrific work, with the help of Mottisfont staff and volunteers, and well worth a trip up to Mottisfont to see it.


‘The Twelve’

I love this.  This was created by two of the countryside volunteers at the National Trust’s Mottisfont House and Gardens in Hampshire.  It’s mother nature at it’s best.   These are posts that have been sitting in the river for… well I’m not sure how long for.  The bottom of the posts which were in the mud have been preserved and the tops which were out of the water haven’t been touched, but the middles have been worn away by the relentless flow of the river.  I think this is fantastic.

The Twelve

BTEC – ‘The Woodturner’

This was completed for “People in the Countryside”.  I wanted to get a classic black and white social-documentary style shot. This was taken at a local countryside fair.  I knew the woodturner would be there, and I was aiming to get a shot like this. What I like about the composition is that it is a photograph of a woodland activity, but with a building in the background, which makes for a “clash” of images. If it had been in a woodland environment then I think it would have been a less interesting picture.  Converting to black and white has worked well. The main feedback from my tutor was “I’d like to see more hands” – I think he was right…

The Woodturner

BTEC – ‘What’s Next??’

Somewhat confusing title.  The ‘What’s Next??’ refers to the title of the picture below… not what I’m going to do now that I’ve finished my BTEC.

I’ve finished my Level 2 in photography which I have been doing for the past year. although I still seem to be waiting for the results!   For the final portfolio we had to submit 15 photos based on three categories.  I chose “People in the Countryside”, “Games” and “Drinks”.

Over the next couple of weeks or so I intend to upload the pictures, so you can see what I ended up with.  I hope you like them.  I was more pleased with some that others, and did end up with quite an eclectic mix I think.

‘What’s Next??’ was completed for ‘People in the Countryside’.  The aim was to capture a social documentary photo of a local volunteer group,  (of which I’m chairman).  I was trying to get a range of photos in this category, so this one was unplanned.

What's Next??