I've been buying a load of photography books of late. And one of them that I've just placed an order for is Darren Almond's Nocturne. Darren seems to be obsessed with making images during the full moon phase.
It's no secret that I'm much more interested in images that convey an otherworldly feel. But it's not simply because I think they have a different aesthetic to images that were made during the more normal social limits of our human existence, but more because I feel images shot outside these boundaries touch upon the unknown.
Darkness has always been a mystery to man. It's a place where perception and reality become distorted and dreams or imaginings occur. And for photographers who deal in the nocturne, there is a fascination with capturing what we cannot see with the naked eye, but feel within our souls.
What has been hidden is of great fascination to me. Cameras can peer into the darkness for minutes or hours and render the most invisible things visible. I think that's why I love these images by Almond: they touch upon what we feel when we're outside on a moonlit night.
A moon-bow seems to be such a beautiful thing, that I would love to witness one. I'm sure that moon-bows happen a lot, and yet, I've never seen one. Rather than hunting down the spectacular - such as the aurora borealis, I'm sure we could become just as inspired by making images of places that have been touched by moonlight alone. Surely this is just as fascinating an area to work in?
I like Darren's work very much. It has a naturalness to it that I can believe in, while at the same time, it takes me to another place in my mind. I hope his book lives up to the anticipation that I have for it.
Through my own sense of inquisitiveness, I'm much more interested in the unseen and what might be lurking therein. It seems that a moonlit landscape has that aspect to it, and for this and many other reasons - is a wonderful thing.