• Cara Hodge

Just a quick throwback to the wheelbarrow series of photographs I worked on last summer. And I am working on new pictures as ever...whilst simultaneously editing those I take throughout previous sessions. It's a process that never ends, reevaluating, revisiting, rekindling a connection with those past moments that have flown but still tantalise like feathers on the breeze. Something like that...tomorrow I plan to sit down and work on a complete set of sorts.. Flee in a barrow. I was sort of inspired by Yeurgen Teller's Kate Moss in a wheelbarrow...it's a picture that has always stayed with me, especially when I was reminded of the battered, rusted old wheelbarrow in France - one I used to get pushed around in as a kid - and let's face it which kid doesn't wonder what it's like to be pushed around in a wheelbarrow on an everlasting summer's day. That said, a grown person in a barrow is a great contrast to a childish whim. There is something womb-like and precious about being curled up, crunched, in this tiny space. I have to admit it's a photo opportunity I'd like to revisit next summer, with a few changes...but for now, the endless days of summer seem an endless amount of time away. The chirping of crickets feel like an echo of lost days. Hard to imagine. Let's face it, here, in Dublin, there have been endless gales, grey skies, and hard hard rain, especially with storm Ciara and now Dennis this weekend. And I'm not complaining - really I'm not. I actually love it here, I really do. In the same way it's hard not to like the crazy storms Irish Sea. But I digress, completely. I barely ever take pictures outside at the moment. But for now, and for the sake of my blog, here is one wheelbarrow picture - from the series.

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  • Cara Hodge

January is the depth of winter here in Ireland, but we've been lucky enough to have some gorgeous winter light. Winter light, golden and mellow, at all hours of the day. Or lowlight but stark at midday, offering up some interesting contrasts, without being too harsh. These pictures were taken inside my own fake-fur coat. Yep, it is fake fur! My son looks like a bear inside it, snuggling down. I have some more window scenes, still to edit...at some point. The winter coat offers some lovely soft texture, and the size of it means he could bury right inside. As ever, the edit is black & white, and I've done my usual thing of selective contrast and sharpening, bringing out the lights and darks, and the textures. I'm happy with the texture of his skin, everything is sharply in focus - the catchlights in his eyes give a pop of light. These are more portraits in genre, then lifestyle. They are obviously posed, the coat posing as the main prop.

Recently, I looked back on the second half of 2019 and my favourite pictures from the past 6 months. I compiled my favourite 8. As usual, they are Black & White with quite highly patterned or textured backgrounds. These pictures span summer holidays right the way through to recent winter faves - taken at the window of my home here in Blackrock, Dublin. The light at this time of year is often quite beautiful. On a clear day with a blue sky, the light remains golden throughout the morning and afternoon. It's easier to take photographs any time of the day. As well as golden, the light is less intense and harsh then summer. Lowlight is one of my favourite lighting conditions. I love Lifestyle and this category of photography merges well with Portrait and Fine Art photography as well