I have just come back from a few days in Swaledale. I was there researching locations for a workshop I’m going to put on later in the year and out of the 3 days there I managed to get just one walk in ‘favourable conditions’. (The weather was appalling, but we won’t dwell on that!) On the one and only walk I managed to get, (whilst it wasn’t bucketing it down), I also had two very excited, energetic kids in toe! I was giving Cathy some time off and left here peacefully recharging her mental batteries, reading in a cafe whilst we set off on an adventure.
Anyway I decided to set them the challenge of navigation and one armed with an OS map and the other with a compass, they were happy enough as I meandered through the buttercup filled fields snatching images as we went. This image was made ten munities into the walk, as I worked the location and toyed with a few different combinations of composition and waited for the light to move across the scene into a visually interesting position, I wasn’t aware of the developing kayos my two notice producing hyperactive kids were getting up to! Yes I should have been watching them, I should have let the photographic moment pass and accept that image making should sometimes come second, (any parent in my position will know the multitasking abilities you develop, half my brain was on the task at hand and half was listing for the signs of laughter change to arguing, or shrieking, or…or…) but anyway when the light became favourable I quickly made the exposure and hurried back to the walk where I found both my children laughing with passion as they attempted to catch the map blowing in the wind through the buttercup field! Oh the memory!