GET FREE 'WORD OF THE YEAR' WORKSHEET

Light

Light is life. Life is light. As a photographer I can only work with light.

One of my favourite times to shoot is at sunset. It might sound a little clichéd but I love the warmth of sunset. The sun throws such a dramatic cast over the world as it is setting. It is wondrous and magical.

Above are some of my favourite photographs I have ever taken and they are all taken at sunset. And at each moment I took the photograph I felt like there was something magical happening to the landscape around me. I just had to capture it.

The main photograph is of the U Bein Bridge in Amarapura, Burma. It is the longest teak bridge in the world. At sunset the monks walk back over the bridge from the village to their monastery. It’s a stunning sight to behold. I love the silhouette and reflection in this image.

The photograph below was also taken at the same time after our boat had passed under the bridge. I caught the silhouette of this dead tree and the water. It’s such a simple and striking image.

Next along is a field of corn up in the North of Thailand. I was on a short trek, trudging through the farms and countryside when I looked back to this stunning sunset.

The next image was taken in the UK. We were driving along when I had to get the boyf to pull over so I could jump out and capture this wheat field in the sunset.

Above that is another image from Burma. They have really good sunsets. I had legged it up the enormous hill to Mandalay Palace so I could capture it at sunset. It was one of the most exhausting things I had done – I hadn’t gauged just how much of a walk and how pressed for time I would be. But as I was leaving Mandalay that day I had to get up there. As soon as I got to the top I was struck by this moment of stillness with this monk casually looking back against the stunning building.

And the final image is also of Burma, this time at Bagan. We had spent the day touring various temples (there are over 3000 there) by horse and cart before our guide stopped at a less visited one for us to climb up and watch the sunset. I took hundreds of photos just to capture this one. I think it captures our view really well.

Light is life. Life is light.

Happy Diwali!