Landscape - NOMINEE: Caspar Day
The Deep Blue
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My name is Caspar Day, I am a 19 year old photographer from Devon, UK. I have been serious about photography for about 3 years, and have studied it at A-Level. I am now trying to develop my personal projects and form a unique style which I can move forward with.
Over the past few months I have been working on a project inspired by my favourite time of the day- the blue hour. This period, just after the sun has set, is when the world turns entirely blue and the objects and landscapes in it take on a strange, almost ethereal form. It is also a time when it is not completely dark yet, but the lights of the man-made world are turned on, and seem to create a rather beautiful contrast with the dying light of the natural world. I have found that this has affected me on a deeper level too, as it almost seems to reflect the struggle that nature faces in modern times, and this stark difference between the deep blue of the dusky light and the golden and bright red hues of street lamps and car lights, feels representative of the uneasy relationship between man and nature. The low-light nature of the project has allowed me to be experimental with long exposures, something which I have really enjoyed doing. I have found that using long exposures without a tripod and sideways movement of the camera during exposure produces an almost painterly quality to the images, softening them to suit the light level, which I really love.
Photographing at this time of day produces a certain feeling for me, almost loneliness, as the sun has set and the deep blue envelopes the landscape. It is a time that feels very introspective for me, a time when I can really think and be in touch with my self and my emotions.