I'm not naturally a spur-of-the-moment kinda gal. I'm more of a planner. But sometimes its worth getting out of your comfort zone. A couple of weekends ago I was talking with a local photographer, Sam Williamson, about getting together for a day of shooting. We didn't know what we were going to do but lots of ideas were tossed around, and I'm sure she thought I was a little bit manic every time I messaged her with a totally different proposal because I'd just had a new idea for a place to go.
Then I saw it. James Ratchford from Shoot the Magic posted a beautiful image that looked straight out of a Fairytale. I immediately messaged him asking him where on earth he had been. Luckily for me, it wasn't too far away. I showed Sam the picture, we checked the weather forecast and it was settled. We were going to Finnich Glen.
Cue a last minute shout-out for someone willing to model for us. Luckily a friend of a friend, Neil, offered his good self and then we were set. Three people who had never met but were planning an adventure to a secluded glen to do crazy things with talcum powder, smoke bombs and water. What better way to spend a Wednesday?
After driving for a few hours we parked and set off on foot. We climbing through a broken wall, over some barbed wire then walked along the top of the gorge until we found an arrow on the ground made of sticks (thanks James!) pointing into a black hole in the undergrowth. We pushed through the leaves and found steep uneven steps cut into the rock. We descended into the gorge amidst walls covered in mossy tree roots with the help of ropes tied on by previous visitors. When I got to the bottom the glen opened up in front of me and I actually gasped.
This would be a really great place to show you an amazing picture of the scene. Of course, I didn't take one. I was so focused on how to set up shots for conceptual images that I didn't take any "Big Picture" shots. I promise I'll do better next time.
I felt like I was in a different world. This inspired me to create a series of images telling the story of a man, alone and lost, in a mystical otherworld. It isn't yet finished but here are some of the images from that day.
"Towards The Source"
Needless to say, despite my nerves about shooting in an unknown location with complete strangers, and a male model to boot, the day was fantastic and I had the most fun I've had in a long time. So get out there, have fun, try not to worry, try not to doubt. As my favourite saying goes - Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.