There is a section at the end of Davidstow Woods that my wife and I always jokingly call ‘Apocalypse Woods’. For some reason, the stand of trees there is just a collection of mostly dead but still upright trunks, standing in a boggy section of ground that is slowly regenerating around it, and so that section is reminiscent of a bomb-ravaged WW1 battlefield. In fact, the Davidstow Airfield itself is a WW2 remnant.
Recently, the Forestry Commission managing the woods covering the old airfield have made this section more accessible, with an access road heading to it, so I was able to get in and wonder about to try some photographs.
I thought that the strong graphic verticals of the stark trunks might suit the intentional movement technique, so I set about trying that out.
How I feel with my health must affect how I see and edit my results. Often I am more physically drained and mentally darker with my MS when I’m editing my pictures than the – sometimes much earlier by many days – healthier time I was out and about taking them.
So I think that must account for the darker and moodier treatment of the shot that I’m showing here, not to mention the prison-bar like viewpoint out to the brighter skies and open freedom of land beyond. There is also a not quite definable sense that there is some detail in the foliage that is present there but, not unlike the many MS sufferers ‘brain-fog’, the clarity is hidden and slightly out of your grasp.
Hopefully it’ll be something more cheerful next time.