The photo will be part of the annual portfolio book (nr 8) which is on sale from Amazon , it will also feature in the exhibition of all shortlisted images which will be located at Waterloo Station in London from the 1st of December.
SUCCESS FOR THE SQUARE FORMAT
In a photographic world filled with wider formats, typically the 3:2 format native to most digital cameras it can almost feel restrictive to shoot in other formats such as 1:1 or squares. The rise of Instagram with it's native square format has helped me break out of the wide format pull and hopefully images such as this can show the power of the square.
NEW GEAR MOTIVATION
This photo was taken in the winter months and my motivation for going out taking images on this day was nothing more than wanting to try out a new camera. Everyone acknowledges from time to time that equipment does not make a photographer improve however sometimes acquiring new equipment at the least acts as motivation to get out making images even in the colder months.
NOT ALL ABOUT THE GOLDEN HOUR
My final thought on this image is that is demonstrates that not all outdoor photography has to revolve around golden sunset lighting. On this cold winters day the lighting took on an almost cold clean feel the exact opposite to the warm golden tones which often make for popular images.
This photo is a personal favourite for me having lived in Sheffield for some 11 years and for many days passing by this building and at times studying in it. I never however considered it to win the category and just hoped for it to be shortlisted into the exhibition given how much competition there is in the awards with the standard of photography being so very high. Often your favourite images don't seem to get too far in competitions. More than anything it's pleasing to see such a prominent building in Sheffield will be on display & proudly representing the city of Sheffield in the exhibition and being showcased in other publications.
Dan is a landscape & nature photographer from Sheffield in the UK.
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