We’ve all seen those beautiful photos which capture every minute detail of a single flower, a pausing bumblebee, beads of dew hanging from the leave…
September's Photographer of the Month- Yvonne Davidson
‘What can you tell us about your winning entry into our photography competition?’
The winning entry. Like a lot of my photos is totally by chance, the moment as it happens. I normally have the camera, close or within easy reach so I can capture a fleeting glimpse of my surroundings before the light changes, or an expression, or special moment
‘How did you get into photography’
I purchased my first serious camera, a Canon 10D, after I moved back up to The Scottish Highlands from London back in 2005. The amazing scenery, the weather changes and just the vast, wide open spaces were a real attraction and difference to what I’d been used to for over 15 years. A total breath of fresh air and a new life. Little did we know, we would move to France just a few years later.
I’m not sure I know exactly what spurred me on to pick up a camera but I can’t hold a pencil or paintbrush to create a picture or some wonderful image on canvas, I can’t sing a note without setting the dogs howling but I always loved art and the art of photography.
The colours, the movement of life, especially wildlife, the changing seasons and just the thought of creating an image to remember.
‘What do you enjoy about photography’
What I particularly enjoy about photography is capturing a never to be repeated second, especially where my children are concerned.
There aren’t very many pictures of me as a child and I really think in the future, they can look back and remember special times and adventures as well as life as a family and share those times with their children.
I am fanatical about photographing my dogs. They are also a huge part of our family and daily life, never a dull moment.
‘What are your plans for the future?’
I used to very much focus on the BIG picture. A mountain, a dramatic landscape. I’ve started to look at things more like the kids do. Spotting tiny things. A beetle on the woodland floor, a feather attached to a stalk of corn and am very much interested in Macro, especially fungus photography which is happening now as we speak. Sadly this year, lack of transport, may curtail that ambition for this season.
Ambitions are definitely to try and make a little more than a hobby of my photography…now back in sunny Kent…enjoying the wildlife and beautiful countryside.
‘What do you plan to do with your framing voucher?’
I’m going to chose a few of my favourite photographs, taken by myself, or the children and have them framed for the Grandparents. We don’t see them very often, so I think that’s how the vouchers will be spent.
My eldest daughter has an amazing eye and is also a keen photographer and a total natural at 17 and my youngest daughter at the age of 7 did extremely well in the 2014 BWPA competition with a macro shot of some very tiny mushrooms. Very proud of them both.
I now have a 50D and without a substantial lottery win, I’m sticking with this one for sometime. Happy with it and it does a great job.