Pain like I'd never felt before rippled through my body. It came in sharp bursts, entwined with many emotions. My heart had been ripped out and I was left in a dark place. The sudden death of my Mother in March last year has left me with many scars, the most visible being the onset of Vitiligo.
If you follow my stories on instagram you’ll have seen I was in Hyde Park in London filming a very special (to me) and temporary art installation. But what of it, you ask? I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about inspiration.
Apart from the odd sunrise or sunset, I normally only get one shot at capturing each timelapse I undertake whilst shooting on location. Unlike traditional filming, there's no 'cut' and start over from the director - there's often no director with me so I'm left to my own devices to get the shot in the can. This task however, was a bit more of a rare occurance. We're not talking solar eclipse rare; more of a couple of month's wait and by that time, I would have missed the transmission date anyway!
In late 2015 I was given the opportunity to capture seasonal change of Grow Wild's four flagship sites dotted around Great Britain covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The idea was to start filming in April 2016 and re-visit each site to capture the change in growth over a couple of seasons or so.
One of the questions I get asked most is what camera to buy for timelapse photography. It's a question that I can't answer as I've shot timelapse on everything from a Canon AE1 to the Phase One - it's all down to personal taste and experimentation. If you're starting out on a limited budget however, there's always the second hand market and it's not always bad news...