Chionophile: from the Greek words for snow (chion) and phile (lover of), a chionophile is someone who loves and thrives in cold weather.
Week three of February Photo Fest and we move onto my Scenes on Screens week, where all the images will be photos that I have taken of other people. They are in their environments and I’m photographing them through my laptop using a Zoom link.
I’m starting with this photo of the delightful Tabitha Rayne. We took this on Friday when both her patch of Scotland and my bit of South London was gleaming white. I’ve woken up today to grey and rain all the snow is gone. By the weekend we have sunshine and 16 degrees forecast. I though I better get the snowy shot in early while it still feels timely!
“Out on the Wiley, windy moors
We’d roll and fall in green.”
Kate Bush, Wuthering Heights
Today’s Throwback Thursday revisits this post from November 2019, taken by the wonderful Focused and Filthy.
“Come and look out through the window
That big old moon is shining down
Tell me now, don’t it remind you
Of a blanket on the ground.”
Billie Jo Spears
I’m very obvious under a big old sun not a big old moon, but I’m definitely on a blanket on the ground!
For rather obvious reasons, many of the photos from my February Photo Fest outdoor theme come from last summer. For the final shot of the week and the Sinful Sunday texture prompt, here’s one of me pressed up against an old oak tree. Sadly I was pressing myself up again the tree because this is from my distance diaries series, but I’m looking forward to this summer and some forest fucking!
This post manages to combine three of my favourite things – woodland, old graves and a naked man to photograph. This photo was shot in Tower Hamlets cemetery shortly after Exhibit A and I had been to the Masculinities exhibition. We were obviously inspired because we got some fabulous images that day!
A couple of weeks ago I went for a frosty walk early one morning. The maze where I took this photo last January is closed (not much room for social distancing in the narrow hedgerows!) but I squeezed through a gap in the hedge and had the whole place to myself. I hunted out the bee and while I didn’t have the kit with me to reprise the bee man (makes me laugh when people refer to him as this!) shot, I did perch on it for a quick flash. There was no warmth at all in that weak winter sun but I love to see the golden glow on my skin and am looking forward to when the glow also comes with heat.
For my outdoor week’s Throwback Thursday, I’m going back to a glorious summer morning in June 2019 when @19syllables and I took a trip to a lavender farm. There’s no doubt I prefer the vibrant colour of the original, which had no edit at, but I do like these muted hues too.
It’s time for my first guest of this month’s February Photo Fest. I bring you the fabulous and gorgeous Jaffa! If you pay close attention to his timeline (and why wouldn’t you?!) then you may recognise this shot as he tweeted it last summer. But until now it didn’t have a permanent home on the blog and, well, isn’t nice to see a flash of summer (and arse!) on the timeline? I can’t wait for summer 2021 photography adventures – they’re going to feel even sweeter this year!
This is a photo from last June when Exhibit A and I had our first day out once the first lockdown started to ease. It felt like such freedom! There have already been some photos from that outing shared, on his site and here. It was such a perfect afternoon and I hope when this lockdown eases we all feel the same sense of joy that we felt last summer and we’re not just beaten down and nervous that it’ll all go wrong again.
This is a photo he took of me that I haven’t shared yet. It’s unlike me to edit out the lush green of a woodland photo but this photo definitely works better in black and white!
This isn’t the first time I’ve used a Japanese word to title a woodland post – the first time was with Shinrin-Yoku, a shot from mine and Molly’s first photo adventure.
Komorebi is a word that means the play of sunlight and shadows through trees. I tweeted this photo way back in April when I was on a lockdown walk. But after last weekend’s beach photo I feel like sharing another hopeful sunny photo so I’ve decided to give it a permanent home on the blog.