After the hectic and eclectic schedule of the Brighton Fringe, my next assignment is very different indeed. After much planning, I am embarking on 9 day photo shoot of Southern Utah’s national parks and Canyons followed by Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. For those who aren’t familiar with southern Utah, it is home to some of the most spectacular geological formations on the planet and a photographers dream. The light in this part of the world offers the most spectacular colours and shadows as well as almost zero light pollution at night for star photography . The downside of course with these locations being a photographers dream is that the pressure to fulfil is even greater.
So with such a spectacular back drop, the desire to capture amazing shots in overwhelming. In researching this trip, I started to look at images that other photographers had taken and started to think about re-creating them. I also started to see many vistas starting to crop up again and again and that’s when I stopped looking. In a previous blog, I explained about unique photos and how it’s only months and sometimes years later that these are recognised as such. My fear therefore is that through spending time looking at other people’s photos, my desire will be to recreate the same look and lose the unique element of my own interpretation.
Starting on June 7th, I shall be writing a blog from each location visited and attempting to show the uniqueness of my own interpretation and photography. My aim, at the end of this experience is that whilst I am bound to have captured shots that have been taken before, my own mark will have ben left on a path well trodden. My locations for this trip will be Zion and Bryce Canyons followed by Escalante national park, Lake Powell before finishing at the Grand Canyon in Arizona. An added feature of this trip will be to sample American Airlines International flagship service on their new 777-300 aircraft which is about to be launched flying from Los Angeles to London. I will also be writing a travel blog on this new aircraft and taking the opportunity for some night photography and experimenting with medium exposure night shots. I look forward to sharing these images over the coming weeks and hope that my own interpretation lives up to this photographers dream.