Alison Taylor LRPS

A few people have asked me about the process of applying for the LRPS Distinction and my motivation for doing so.  Whilst I had some experience of editing photographs in digital software I was a complete novice when it came to printing and preparing prints for exhibition.  I joined York Photographic Society to learn from other members through discussion and feedback via project nights, competitions and exhibitions.

Derwent Water Morning

I woke up at 4.30am and looked out of the window towards Walla Crag and noticed that there was some mist which was obviously hovering over Derwent Water and the sky was just beginning to get light. There wasn't a moment to lose so I flung on the previous day's clothing, grabbed a pair of socks along with my camera bag and rushed out of the cottage. At the same time I was trying to think where to go.

Posted on June 2, 2018 .

Trees on The Screes: A Wast Water Story

At first glance the famous scree slopes on the south side of Wastwater look like they are just composed of loose rock which stretch approximately 2,000 feet, from top to base. I took a series of photographs of the gulllies, trees and rock faces which are quite abstract in nature but which together provide a powerful impression of the magnitude of the screes. 

Barmston Waves

I have been enjoying different aspects of coastal photography and I've been inspired by Rachel Talibarts 'sirens' photographs of waves.  In addition to photographing sand, big skies and piers etc I thought I would like to try photographing breaking waves.  There is so much power in the water and I love the point at which the wave develops a sharp edge just before it breaks up into spray.

"Mini" Beast from The East

After we had all survived the Beast from The East at the start of March i set off for a springlike week in the Peak District. I enjoyed a balmy afternoon at Ladybower Reservoir but then the snow and gales set in.  By Sunday morning Tideswell was swamped by a foot of snow and I was going nowhere in my car.

Posted on March 19, 2018 .

Roker Pier

As President of York Photographic Society I am scheduled to give a presentation of my work to the membership.  I decided to base my evening on 'Yorkshire' and 'coastal Photography' and I have been chipping away at the content for a while.  

Someone told me about the lovely Roker Pier which features a long curve and as I want to show some piers and lighthouses in my presentation I drove up to Wearside. 

Infinity pools of Saltwick Bay

On the last afternoon of my week's holiday in Whiby I decided to pay another visit to Saltwick Bay to photograph some rock pool abstracts for a talk I'm preparing and perhaps catch a bit of sunset.  When I got to the top of the cliff I stopped in my tracks as not only was the sky as grey as ditchwater but the sea was still well established on the shale platform.  It didn't look particularly encouraging or safe.  Low tide was only an hour away so it should have been well clear of the platform but it obviously wasn't.

Posted on February 6, 2018 .

Sandsend to Whitby walk

One of my favourite walks is from Sandsend to Whitby along the beach during low tide.  It is especially lovely in the winter when there is usually a metallic orange or blue glow in the sky most of the day.  I find looking out to sea and watching and listening to the waves rolling into shore incredibly relaxing and there is always something different to see and photograph.

Posted on January 23, 2018 .

Introduction to Skipwith Common

In the past couple of months I have visited Skipwith common a few times.  My original intention was to take some autumnal photographs but there is such an abundance and variety of trees that I have returned to explore further.  The Common is one of the last remaining areas of northern lowland heath in England and there are  270ha of open heath, ponds and marshland.  Skipwith Common’s heathland has stayed almost the same for thousands of years – with evidence of its use by man for at least 4000 years.

Northumberland Coast

The Northumberland coast is a wonderful place to visit and explore and since it was 2 years since my last visit another trip was long overdue.  I was based in Amble and during my week I visited some of my old favourites but also discovered some fabulous new locations.

Posted on November 12, 2017 .

Autumn Woodlands

This autumn I have been out and about in different woods following the development of autumn and the many colours and falling of the leaves.

I find that photographing woodland is difficult as you literally have to pick out the wood from the trees and quite often there isn't a lot of space in which to give the image space to breathe

Posted on October 31, 2017 .

Storm Ophelia

I have recently had the pleasure of attending a workshop run by both Mark Littlejohn and Joe Cornish and the outstanding feature of the first day was the impending arrival of Storm Ophelia.

Posted on October 24, 2017 .