I had a nice surprise when I logged into today - one of my images was chosen for a DD on 28th October! A first for me! Thanks to everyone for the lovely comments - that's much appreciated.
The photo was one from a set I produced with the amazing Raphaella, (www.raphaellawithlove.com), a model I have been fortunate to work with a number of times but who never ceases to surprise and inspire. The image is part of my ongoing project "Sirens and Seascapes" exploring the land revealed between the tides. I remain fascinated by the fact that there is another world that is only accessible for a limited time each day, and in some cases, only on certain days of the year. That transient, temporary window is something that attracts me strongly - the fact that there may only be hours, sometimes only minutes to work in a particular setting before being engulfed by the rising tide.
That was the case on this particular day, when Raph and I were clambering over a really dramatic rockscape near one of my favourite beaches. About 1/2 an hour after this images was shot and with an eye on the sea to the side of me, I decided we needed to make our escape. We got to the top of the beach, only to find waves breaking over our exit route. Being pragmatic, I took my boots and socks off, rolled my trousers up and waded through the water. Ralph on the other hand scaled a 30' boulder and appeared before me on the other side, quite unperturbed and smiling cheekily at my windswept and wave splashed appearance!
I had scouted out this location prior to this shoot and could see the dramatic potential in this particular fissure in the rock face. I tried shooting from below to exaggerate the sense of the model's elevated position. I then realised that if I climbed the rock formation opposite, I could frame the shot from a point level with her. I should point out that her position is not as precarious as it looks - I would never put models in real danger. That said, Raphaella is incredibly brave not to say tenacious - once you give here a challenge and if there is the prospect of creating a great image, she goes for it without a moment's hesitation. Her background as a dancer means she is very flexible and capable of holding amazing poses in difficult conditions. I am thankful that she was my muse that day! This remains one of my very favourite things I have ever produced with a camera.