The air is cold, the winter sun is hanging low in the sky and soft cloud cover is breaking up the light. The clouds part slightly as they’re blown by a strong wind, the sun escapes from behind them for just a minute and casts tall shadows beneath the rusty Chicago El Tracks and behind buildings.
We walked for a few blocks, talking, my eyes glancing back and forth in the striking chiaroscuro of the space beneath the El tracks. Stopping here and there for just the right background, the perfect mix of shadow and light. A train passes overhead every now and then, we’re blown by the tailwind it pulls along behind it. I yell “Get Ready!” and press the shutter on a few photographs of cold fingers and of hair being whirled by the wind.
As we are coming to the end of our walk, snow begins to fall. Soft gentle flakes at first, then stronger until we’re forced to head back as snow sticks to every tree branch and building.
Look round and round upon this bare bleak plain, and see even here, upon a winter’s day, how beautiful the shadows are!
– Charles Dickens
I’m thrilled to be beginning another season of the Nurture Photography Challenge. Inspiration has been difficult to come by for me in the month of January, the brown branches and dead grass aren’t really what I want to see. The freezing wind meaning that I’ve found it difficult to get out to where I really would like to go to take photographs. A sick family that has needed taking care of. Feeling a little like I’m trapped in the apartment just because it’s warmer in here than it is outside.
There have been a couple of times where I’ve felt as though I might not take photographs again. That the desire to do it just got in the way of everything else that I needed to do. But Olivia called me during the week and we managed to squeeze in a shoot in the hour or so between work and picking Mikey up from school. Her enthusiasm (and willingness to model for me in the freezing cold) pulling me out from the depths of the uninspired hole I’ve been living in all month.
Don’t forget to stop by at Live and Love Out Loud today for some fantastic tips on Low Light Photography!
I’m teaming up with Kristi of Live and Love Out Loud, on another inspiring adventure as we photograph our way through winter with the Nurture Photography Challenge – a seasonal photo challenge series chock full of tips and tutorials, inspiring weekly prompts, personal feedback and encouragement.
Just a few details:
All are welcome regardless of skill level, camera equipment or geographic location.
Share your favorite images inspired by our weekly prompts each Friday and grab our lovely button while you’re at it!
The linky will remain open from 9am Friday – 9am Thursday CST. Don’t forget to visit and comment on the previous entry in the linky list.
We’re sharing the photography love and showcasing our talented photographers by pinning some of your lovely photos to our Nurture Photography Inspiration Board.
The Nurture Photography Challenge has taken to Facebook! Stop by, “like” our new Facebook fan page, ask questions and share your work on our wall as well.
We love Instagram just as much as you do! We’ll be on the lookout for your beautiful winter photos, so be sure to use the #nurturephoto hashtag. We’ll share a few favorites on Instagram each week, sending a little bit of love your way.
Next week’s prompt will be White/Minimalism. For a complete list of prompts, head on over to the Nurture Photography Challenge Page.