Geoff Forrest creates baskets, wall hangings, sculptures, and pretty much anything else that fires his interest, out of willow.
I've periodically been doing photography for him for the past 3 years. Although product photography is not something I advertise, it is something I get approached to do every now and then. This corner of Scotland has more artists and creators per head of population than any other part of the country, and because of the circles I move in, it's not unknown to be asked to photograph baskets, sculptures, jewellery, pots or paintings.
The first time I photographed Geoff's work was in my studio. The next couple of times were in situ at exhibitions. This time we decided to take his works outdoors.
The weather forecast said it was going to be dry, although the sky was a dark grey as we set off towards Dhoon Beach, near Kirkcudbright and it began to rain almost as soon as we left. However, by the time we got there the shower had passed and it wasn't long before the sun made an appearance.
I spent the next hour or so lying on the sand at funny angles trying to get some nice arty shots his baskets with the sand, rocks, sea and headland disappearing into soft focus.
I was really quite pleased with the results. The natural environment suits the willow well. We're already talking about where we might shoot next year.
Here are a couple of my favourite shots: