‘Why is she telling everyone that her photos are unoriginal?’ You maybe asking. Well because they are. There is no point in trying to say that I planned a shoot for today and spent hours and hours trying to get an imagine that I had in my head… because I didn’t. Today in Leeds we have a decent amount of snowfall. But hey, this doesn’t get me overly excited for a photo shoot, because I SUCK when it comes to photography in the snow. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I just find it difficult to find an interesting composition. Everything is either too empty, or too messy, or too many footprints and so on. So, I decided that I would take some images of what caught my eye, and that was mostly my dog. There are countless numbers of images of dogs on the internet, and another huge amount of those dogs in the snow! And so ladies and gentlemen, that is why my images today are very unoriginal, but were fun to shoot.
Cassie, a very ginger dog looks great in the snow. Yes, I’m probably being biased because she’s my favourite dog in the world. But I think she is a true joy to photograph. She listens, she lets me get in the shot with her (most of the time) and she explores. She is a truly happy dog when it comes to playing in the snow, and a joy to watch, so why not get some cute pics of her while she’s doing it!
To be totally honest, I felt guilty having this much snow given to me on a plate (my day off) and not going out and doing what I do, nature photography. But, it’s a curse in disguise! The more snow, the prettier and more enticing to photograph, however, the more snow, the less accessible it is to get places, so I have to do with the field at the top of my street, which isn’t the most photogenic place in the world. So to tie the two things together, you have my little snow doggy and me.
I truly love being outdoors, finding things that nobody else is looking for, hearing bird songs that no one else recognises, and watching the snow fall elegantly from the sky. I love feeling the fresh air and seeing untouched human areas of pristinely laid snow. And I love standing amongst the trees and looking up to feel the snow on my face. I love the quiet that it brings. I don’t know what sounds are missing but it’s a peaceful moment. I just can’t think of being anywhere better than outside, and the wonder of snow captivates me every time I see it.