52 Weeks of Yorkshire – Week 15

Foss Floodgate (Flickr).jpg
Foss Floodgate

This is the flood barrier separating the River Foss from the larger River Ouse in York. In December 2015, this barrier failed, allowing floodwaters from the Ouse to back up the Foss for the first time since 1982. This contributed to the flooding, making the 2015 floods the worst in York in a generation. With a city like York, sitting on a river such as the Ouse, we need to be able to learn from this, and adapt, so that our defenses improve. At the same time, we need to realise that we are not the masters of this world – nature is. Nature is not to be conquered, it is to be lived with.

Landscape photography is an exercise in collaboration with nature. When I go out to shoot, I am not taking pictures of the world. I am working with the world to create something beautiful. That is what gives it meaning for me. Every image that I take is one that has been given to me by nature. If that sounds like spiritual nonsense to you, then maybe it is, but it’s my spiritual nonsense, and it’s what drives me to explore the world as I do.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s