This week, the cherry blossoms at High Park in Toronto was in full bloom. This was a well-anticipated event, as last year, there were no blossoms. Spring time is my favourite time for going out to take photos. But whatever the seasons or time of day, I will always make it work in my photos. I know some photographers wait for a certain time of day and avoid other times. I don’t have the time or patience to work like that. I shoot when the mood strikes. Sometimes when you get on location, the circumstances are not what you expected or hoped for. In that moment, you just have to make it work. There weren’t as many blossoms as the year before, so to me this was a bit of a let down. But I always say, work with what you’ve got and make the most of it.
I love the Japanese style of photography. That is where the term “booked” came from. This is the term used to describe the soft blurry bits you see in the photo; normally used to focus on the main subject and blur out the background. I use a lot of depth of field in my work to create that dreamy look. I was inspired to create layers in my composition, layering the different types of trees for contrast. The result is a Jackson Pollock-esque paint splatter effect. The effect is further exaggerated by the wind, creating movement in the photograph. I don’t shy away from taking photos in the wind. Actually, I feel as though I am co-creating with nature when I just go with the flow.
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