This colourful man was a performer at the Merchant City Festival in Glasgow a couple of years ago. I always thought he would make a good subject but the background of the original image was far too ‘messy’ and distracting. Consequently, he ended up as part of a montage image, with the new background shot in Spanish Harlem, New York City.
This image began with one idea but then became something entirely different as I processed it. Initially wanting to include a larger element in the foreground, I realised the image needed nothing else and worked well as it was. I liked the combination of the blue and the gold colours, which always work well together.
The final image is comprised of two separate images – one of the sky and the other of the beach. At the processing stage, the trick was blending the two together in a reasonable way. The figures on the beach were retained as they gave a sense of scale, and also acted as a point of interest upon which the eye can rest.
A thrilling day at the East Fortune Airshow provided numerous photographs but my favourite amongst them was this – the derelict skeleton of the flight command building, standing like a great forgotten monolith amongst the ears of barley filling a lonely field.
Taking an image of an ancient plane, which flew as part of the airshow, I brought the two together, before transforming the final image into a deep sepia, reflecting something of the era of that plane and the command centre.