With 2014 come and gone, I wanted to look back on my work and pull out one top image from each season. The change of seasons to me is one of the best things about being a photographer in Vermont. Watching the slow march from winter to spring to summer to autumn is one thing that I never tire of. With my camera in hand, I take every opportunity to capture the beauty that the change in seasons brings to the landscape of Vermont.
For winter I chose Frozen as it shows the harshness of Vermont winters. For me is a great season for black and white images. The colors of autumn have passed, leaving the dramatic contrast between the bright snow and the dark greens and grays of the mountain landscape. Shooting in black and white really brings out the tones and textures of the landscape that can be hidden by color during other times of the year.
Spring is a time of rebirth. The days are growing longer and the sun feels warmer. It is these longer and warmer days that allow the landscape to awaken from its long winter nap. For spring I chose Sunbust Morning. Again a black and white image that strongly displays the sun’s rays helping to awaken the landscape.
For me, I see summer as the season of work. The days are long and the farmers are busy from sunrise to sunset tending to their crops and livestock. Summer Morning is one of those iconic Vermont scenes. I took this as the full moon was setting behind a classic Vermont barn. Vermont is still largely an agrarian state, with many families working the land to make a living during the short growing season. The barn to me is the hub of the farm. It is used for everything from caring for livestock to storage of feed and equipment.
Autumn signals the change to winter. It is by far the most colorful time of the year. To me, it seems ironic that the most colorful time of the year falls just before the time of year that has the least amount of color. Autumn Lane displays beautifully the abundance of color that fills the Vermont landscape. The air is cooler, the days are shorter and it’s a great time to get outside and explore. This was one of those mornings where I was just out exploring the back roads of Vermont and enjoying the abundance of color that filled the landscape around me.
I want to thank everyone who has helped to make 2014 a wonderful and successful year for me.
Thanks for taking a peek!