Gavin Wray

Fantasy landscapes

You know those crisp, beautiful autumn mornings with azure skies and a low sun jabbing fingers of light through the trees into a carpet of mist? Lovely.

I took my camera to the park today while walking the dog. Each scene, viewed by eye, was a perfect English autumn composition. My photos? Rubbish! Underexposed, weak sunlight and a flat pastel sky.

I tried to rescue an image with heavy editing using my favourite photo editor, the Enlight app. I used blending to combine two photos into this woodland scene:

Highbury Park

I’m chuffed with the result. It’s peaceful yet surreal.

Next, I merged a photo I took of Crosby beach (site of Sir Antony Gormley’s Another Place with a space image:

Crosby beach

To make the following image, I started with a double exposure from two of my own photos, Last of the light and Formby beach. Next, I placed an aged structure that’s unsettling and incongruous in a rural scene.

I’ve had the idea for this composition mind for a while. It’s inspired by Simon Stålenhag’s digital painting in Tales from the Loop. The iron structure is a close-up of Zeche Zollern mine head tower (CC BY-NC 2.0) by Werner Wittersheim.

Structure on beach

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