Credit for the idea behind this picture goes to my son Eliot whose suggestion came a couple of years ago during a particularly black winter. My part of Scotland, even this winter, has had very little snow, but enough for me to make the figure shown here.
I admit that I felt a bit sheepish, as a 45 year old, spending several hours gathering snow in a public forest and making the 5′ high figure so I worked late in the afternoon and finished it by head torch at 6 am last Sunday morning. I had the light set up by 8 and finished shooting forty five minutes later. I repeated the shoot the following morning with the sign on the other side of the figure. Quite what dog walkers in the forest must have thought when they came across it (with sign) I don’t know.
A single Ranger Quadra head in a 135 cm Rotalux provided mellow lighting on the subject while I underexposed the background a little to help separation.
We may be experiencing the coldest spell of weather since the early 1980′s but as meteorologists are quick to remind us, the is weather, not climate.