I have decided to undertake a year long project to take a weekly photograph on the theme that, despite our attempts to harness and develop the world around us, nature still reigns supreme. From the outset I have no definite idea of what each week’s subject will be – that will largely be dictated by nature itself (not least the unreliable weather conditions) in keeping with the theme as well as the locations I visit.
The objective behind the project is to portray how nature is able to co-exist with and even thrive in the built up environment, as well as any conflicts that exist between the two.
The ground rules I have set for the project are:
- The photograph must be taken each week, no use of archive images (though a site that presents multiple opportunities may be revisited).
- The photograph must contain nature (plants, animals or natural phenomena) and the man made environment, structures, objects, etc.
- No editing other than cropping or image enhancements (exposure, contrast, colour, etc)
Some of the types of subjects that will be considered:
- How nature is making its own use of artificial sites
- How nature is reclaiming derelict sites
- Juxtapositions of nature and the built environment (both new and old)
- Portrayal of nature not humankind as being the supreme force in our world
- Wild animals in the urban environment
The image selected for this week was taken on 7th May 2013 on a welcome break from the cold, dull weather we have been having recently. I have almost 150 images from this all day shoot and the decision of which one to pick out for this project was not easy (and this one was not what I had in mind when I set out), though the other images will be added to the archive and posted under “New Images” in due course.
The concept of this week’s image is the reclamation of disused sites by nature to the point that it’s man made character is no longer recognisable.
A grey heron has just caught a small perch at the edge of the reeds. A lucky capture as less than a minute later it flew away. This could be any body of water inhabited by these fish, either in a built-up area or miles from any human settlement. This is on the bank of the Forth and Clyde Canal at Port Dundas in Glasgow, Scotland. The land adjoining this bank is overgrown derelict land that at one time was covered with industrial works and warehouses. Much of the land around this area and nearby Port Dundas basin is to be redeveloped in the next few years into a new city quarter. The warehouse buildings at nearby Spiers Wharf have already been converted into apartments and commercial units.