Why I Love Photographing Autumn

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Subject: Art » Photography
Last updated: 20/11/2013
Tags: autumn, colour, photography, season

Spring’s full of promise, summer has the holidays, winter has Christmas.  Autumn, has nothing but colour But oh, what colour! 

Autumn’s the best. Yes, spring is beautiful when everything’s bursting into life. Winter is wonderful in its sharpness and starkness and of course long, sultry, summer days are magnificent. But Autumn? Autumn is golden, it’s crunchy under foot and smells of sweet wood smoke and musty damp leaves. It’s the sensual season. 

Autumn should be walked in, listened to, breathed and touched. Autumn should definitely be photographed. In fact, producing half a dozen good pictures of rich, autumn colours should be mandatory for anyone with a camera: a sort of licence fee-in-kind. There’d be a website where you’d upload your pictures and anyone who didn’t would get a late night visit from mellow fruitful bailiffs, “show us your autumnally themed photographs or we’ll confiscate your cameras and mobile.” We’d have dedicated channels on Freeview and Sky showing an endless slideshow of trees dressed in reds, oranges and yellows. 

Giant spiders sitting in enormous webs strung with diamonds of water droplets. Drive-time sunsets. Trees hiding in mists. Squirrels snatching the last conkers and acorns. And of course, the Lords of the parks: the growling grouches, noses in the air, nostrils flaring, sniffing for rivals, strutting stags watching over their herd. The camera is a tool for saving splendours to enjoy later. 

Trevor Aston Photography Teacher (Twickenham)

About The Author

Photography is the most democratic of creative tools. I will help the student find their 'eye', develop a belief in themselves and the value of their unique perspective as an artist or journalist.

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