This is an ongoing series of photographs where I am trying to challenge some of the so-called golden 'rules' of landscape photography i.e. photograph in beautiful light around sunrise or sunset, use a small aperture to make sure everything is in sharp focus from foreground to background, always use a tripod to avoid camera shake etc.
In these landscape photographs I deliberately go out and shoot when the weather and the light is really bad (rain, sleet, windy, overcast, dark etc.) I use a hand-held panoramic camera and deliberately move the camera during exposure. Together with slow shutter-speeds the resulting pictures somehow represents my own experience more truthfully, trying to photograph nature and the rough, rocky landscape on the North coast of Jersey, Channel Islands with is high cliffs and steep drops to the sea below. With these pictures I am also trying to challenge the prevailing aesthetics of landscape pictures produced locally by either photographers or painters. The typical landscape image of Jersey is one that shows a romanticized picture, often a sea view of a well-known landscape sight captured at either sunrise or sunset, or idyllic, rural scenery showing symbolic iconography from a bygone agricultural existence. These images are often heavily post-processed either using HDR or similar image-manipulation in photography or paintings with distinct stylistic brushstrokes and mannerism that exaggerate and saturate the many coloured hues to portray Jersey in a golden light that in turn reinforces the public’s (both locals and tourists alike) perception of the Channel Islands as un-spoilt natural beauty which according to Jersey Tourism is “Britain’s most southern and sunniest place”.