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Baskets on the Beach

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:


hope said...

It was worth the wait. :)

I've always loved baskets! I use to collect them until the collection outgrew the space. There's something about the texture that appeals to me on a deep level I can't explain. Thank you for sharing!

allen capoferri said...

Love the look and feel of these photographs, Kim. It's kind of coincidental. I'm rewatching an old film, Local Hero which is filmed in Pennan, Scotland.

Kim Ayres said...

Hope - You have to be selective about the sizes of baskets you collect. Get it right and you can store them all in each other - Russian Doll style - and save loads of space :)

Allen - Local Hero is a classic - great film. Done a few hundred miles north of here, but still a Scottish beach :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Lovely baskets. You move in some real cool circles, all those creative people.

The baskets remind me of one the fishermen here use...we call them quakes.

I have about six or seven baskets in the kitchen.

Kim Ayres said...

Guyana-Gyal - my father's an artist, my wife's an artist and I'm a musician when I'm not a photographer, so creative people are generally who I feel most comfortable around. Most of my friends are artists, makers, writers, photographers and/or musicians - they are who I gravitate towards :)

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