Well it is time for my first post on this blog. First of all thank you for visiting my website....I really hope you enjoy the photographs.
On May 3rd I will be putting up an exhibition of some landscape photographs at The Glass Room Gallery in the Colston Hall, Bristol. The exhibition called The Colour of Landscape is joint with my friend Sheona Beaumont.
Sheona writes: “Images of landscapes are often held to be emotive and personally meaningful: memory, document, evocation of situation, expression, spirit, wonder are all levels of meaning given to photographs taken of particular places. In this exhibition, two photographers draw on both their local connections to Bristol and their experiences living and traveling abroad, to consider the photographed landscape as coloured with such meaning. Sheona Beaumont uses digital manipulation to create collaged or inverted scenes, often highlighting the spiritual dimension of our relation to our environment. Walter Dirks captures the beauty in simplicity, reflecting on an uncluttered way of seeing as much as on the harmony of nature’s forms and colours. Together, they seek to re-enchant our looking and to celebrate the brilliance of the world around us.”
Some of my pictures for the exhibition were taken in Africa and others fairly close to Bristol. It has taken me a long time to separate my emotional connection to landscape from my personal experience and memories. It is greatly liberating as I no longer feel constrained by geographic location. This all came about when I got up at 5 am a few weeks ago and travelled to Exmoor to catch some photographs at that beautiful time of day when the light is so soft. A picture I was delighted to capture bears a striking resemblance to one I took in Africa at a similar time of day..... I hope you will come and visit the show which runs from May the 4th until June the 2nd.