IAN MATTHEWS

Essex Life - - Beautiful Essex -

AS A keen am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher I have sought to im­prove my skills, es­pe­cially com­po­sure and light, by at­tend­ing nu­mer­ous cour­ses avail­able in the Colch­ester area. I have also taken ad­van­tage of photo shoots with pro­fes­sion­als, the last be­ing Shoot­ing the Past in Lon­don, a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. The pho­to­graphs from this se­ries were mainly taken on night class shoots.

The Osea Cause­way was taken on leav­ing the is­land at low tide, an at­mo­spheric im­age that some may re­call as be­ing from The Woman in Black movie. Beth Chatto’s Gar­dens al­ways has some­thing to of­fer the pho­tog­ra­pher with the change of sea­sons and va­ri­ety of colours.

Night time pho­tog­ra­phy was one skill I learnt at night class. The re­main­ing pho­to­graphs were taken at dusk or early evening as I learned to take more than just a ‘snap­shot’, some­thing I no longer take.

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