‘A good deal of skying’
August 20, 2013 § 2 Comments
I have done a good deal of skying for I am determined to conquer all difficulties…
-John Constable to Rev. John Fisher, 23 October 1821
Of all Constable’s work, it’s the cloud studies I love most of all. They represent a remarkable challenge for an artist – how do you capture in paint something in constant flux?
I’d be the first to admit that I lack Constable’s facility with brush and pencil, but ever since I acquired my Diana I’ve wanted to try making my own cloud studies on film. I obeyed his advice that the best clouds are to be found in July and August, and I shot from the location where he undertook a campaign of cloud studies over three successive summers: Hampstead Heath.
Constable usually noted on the backs of his studies the time, location, and weather conditions under which they were made – so in the same spirit, these were taken on 4 August 2013, between 1.15 and 1.30 pm, in warm, rather windy weather, on the southwest corner of the Heath near Hampstead Ponds.
(Technical specs: Diana F+ camera, colour slide 200 film [cross-processed], standard lens)