Not a teddy bear in sight.
It was a bright sunny morning, on the bright, stony Hurunui riverbed. While my fellow photographers in the main seemed enthusiastic about the water, wild flowers, stones, photographers and most everything else that did or didn’t move, I couldn’t get motivated. I eventually wandered back towards the cars and finally my eyes lit up! Beyond the cars, where we’d driven down to the riverbed, was a grove of scruffy, young birches. I played with slow shutter speeds, out of focus images, over-exposure, under-exposure – all with the view of using an image as a background, or foreground, to something else. I simply had fun. Time flew as I played. Far too soon I was being bundled into the car and off to our next playground.
It wasn’t until some months later I selected one of the bright exposures from the day and overlaid it with this angry image of my son (just pulling faces for my benefit). He thinks it’s funny. It was certainly fun for me to create.