david hyde

Pownal, ME

I often look for scenes that offer some interest and uniqueness. Color and design are my primary concerns. The lobsterman loading his bait bags early on a June morning and the lobster smacks’ voyage home at the end of the day were taken from my kayak. Witnessing and documenting this regular beginning of and end of day ritual is what I try to capture with my photos. I have been fascinated by ice, the formation of” ice” and the chemistry that takes place as the day cools down. As the water freezes, the layers within the water freeze at different rates creating designs and patterns. That differential rate of freezing causes the water molecules to create their bonds at different times at different levels of the water resulting in random patterns. It is that randomness of the resulting patterns which interests me. These patterns may last a day, a week or an hour if the sun rise is warm enough to break the molecular bonds. Nature is teasing us with its ability to create without pencil, brush, pigment or paper. These exquisite designs are available along the edges of ponds, in road side puddles or in bodies of water in a field. A field with its different grasses, wild flowers and leaves will influence the design and rate of freeze. At a certain time of the morning the sunlight will be refracted in the design which adds color to highlight different parts of the design, before the power of the sun breaks the ice bonds. I have been photographing for over 20 years and have collections of clouds, windows, lobstering and landscapes. My camera is a constant companion whether on the road, in the woods or on the water Many of my images are landscapes, but I have also spent time capturing people, settings, cityscapes. My preference is compositions that cause me (and hopefully the viewer) to stop and really look at what is being presented. Being in a certain place or time to witness what is being offered is most interesting to me. It could be on a lobster boat hauling traps or the Chicago skyline or the wild coast of Ireland or perhaps a spider web in the fields around my house. Each day, each morning or afternoon, that image presentation changes with light, color, people, angle and landscape. I live in Pownal with my wife, Sarah.