This Thursday we're very pleased to welcome Astrid McGechan to talk about her approach to landscape photography.
Astrid is a freelance photographer and book author based in Surrey. She started to seriously engage in photography a few years ago, when struggling to juggle the demands of family life, motherhood and a stressful job. Spending time outdoors and photographing became her way of balancing life.
Initially, Astrid photographed almost exclusively landscapes, drawing her inspiration from scenes in the natural world that evoke a sense of tranquillity and harmony. Often, she’d be drawn towards the less obvious details in the landscape - such as shapes, patterns or a particular colour – making them the primary subject of her images. More recently, Astrid has become fascinated by urban life and architecture and has spent some time photographing in cities in the UK and abroad.
Astrid uses a variety of techniques to capture her response to a scene and recreate it for the viewer through her photographs, such as long exposure, camera movement and deliberate defocusing. She loves exploring new cultures and feels equally compelled to capture the beautiful evening light by a lakeside, the strong graphic lines and reflections of city architecture or the essence of life and countryside of new locations abroad.
You can find out more about Astrid on her website.