It was Halloween day when I noticed the forecast had signs of mist appearing in the evening. I had always planned on going out shooting for Halloween, but when I eventually got in the car and started driving to my first spot, the mist had already started coming in thick and fast. I drove through layers of low vision fog as I dipped up and down the back roads of the Cambridgeshire countryside. It's not a common part of England for fog or mist, so getting a chance to shoot it is always great.
By the time I had made my first stop, the sun had just gone down, and there was only a fine amount of light coming through. There were almost no clouds in the sky, so the light lasted well into the evening, which again is an uncommon occurrence, and usually ends up with the best sunsets, if not for the mist. It did however, allow a small amount of light to illuminate the mist, giving some depth to it, which normally wouldn't be visible.
There and then, I decided to make this a set. I love exploring rare weather, and I found it quite unnerving at first to explore, even in placed I had been to before, because i could only see a few foot in-front of me, and the back roads of the countryside often have the rare person looking to break into your car for any valuables. I parked up on the side of a road, and headed out to a spot i often check the sunset at. 20 minutes of walking with an open mind to explore my shots led me to realise how great it would be to incorporate portraits with the vastness of the countryside mist. Cambridgeshire is very flat, and the only prominent features often include a tree, some trimmed hedges and the rows and rows of power lines, cables and wires. I don't mind shooting them here, since particularly in the mist, power lines give a sense of depth to the picture. I added myself in some of the shots to add a sense of scale too. You could barely see the stars, but they were really evident in the pictures. The mist gives the stars a faint glow around them too which I enjoyed capturing!
I wanted this set to be called 'Could Be Anywhere', which is both part of the lyrics to a song by Motorcycle, and a brilliant description of how the land and conditions change when the mist comes in. The idea that although the Cambridgeshire countryside is very similar and normally has no discerning features, the mist ironically suggested that with even less features, even without the signs of hedgerows, flat land and power lines, you could be anywhere in the world.
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