Wipe Out, Kintail, Scotland

While driving back from my photo workshop on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, I found myself in the middle of a snow storm around the Kintail area of Scotland. Due to low visibility, all drivers in front or behind me had to slow down, and so did I. However, as we all know, the more we slow down, the more we have time to notice and appreciate nature.

The scene around me seemed to be extremely surreal, I felt as if I was standing in front of a huge impressionist painting with the windscreen acting as a badly designed frame.

I had to stop, I had to get out of the metal structure, I needed to feel what was going on, I had to confront nature face to face.

A few yards down the road there was a lay-by. I stopped, grabbed the camera and fired a quick frame. I adjusted the settings and fired a few more. I could hardly see what I had captured on the rear screen, I needed to trust my senses and experience that I had recorded a special moment – I would only find out later on during processing.

I stopped taking pictures and concentrated on feeling the snow falling on my face and, I must admit, the experience was indescribable. Soon I had to retreat in the warmth of the steel beast – I wish my body could tolerate what my soul was experiencing and enjoying at the time.

A majestic moment captured for ever.

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    Sounds like a Turner moment, Dimitri! Story has it that Turner had himself lashed to the mast of a ship to experience the full force of a storm. Afterwards he painted what he’d felt, seen and experienced – painting the predecessor to photography you might say!

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