The Dune Mouse, or Cybele Moon, or the blog “There was a time” are all the same person. I haven’t known Cybele for long, well really only since I’ve been doing the Monochrome Madness Challenge, but she is someone that I feel I have struck a chord with, and it has been great getting to know her better. There is something about the way she works that I am fascinated with, and the work talks to me. I don’t know if I am making sense, but I am sure you will understand what I mean when you see her work.
If I had to pick one image that I thought summed up Cybele’s blog or work, this would be it. It could have something to do with the moon in the image, or the way she has processed it, but I do love this image of hers. There is something about it, something I can’t quite put my finger on.
I asked Cybele why she takes photos.
Capturing a scene with a camera is like making time stand still. First Nations people thought that the camera was a stealer of their souls, and there is an element of truth in that. It is the possession of a moment in space/time that is gone forever.
The beautiful west coast rain forests are full of myth and stories from the first nations people. Where I live I am very at home in the woods, and old trees seem to predominate many of my photos. I like the challenges of photography, of learning new techniques and stepping out of my comfort zone.
In my own journey and excursions, I like to find the magic in what I am photographing. I like to create a mood and sometimes another world.
Here are some of those trees she was talking about. I think it is great to be able to live in a place that gives you so much inspiration. She lives in the city of Victoria in Canada, and I live in the state of Victoria in Australia, I knew there had to be a connection between us.
I asked Cybele about her inspiration.
As some of you may know I have a very active imagination. I enjoy writing stories. So another question I’ve been asked is which comes first, the photo or the words? I would have to say that it’s a bit of both. Definitely a visual scene can inspire a story in me. Like most people who photograph I am extremely visual. Words also create pictures and so the two complement each other. All my life I have loved the written word, but like Lewis Caroll’s Alice I prefer a book that has pictures.
I have to mention that I am also inspired by the many talented photographers on WordPress who have been so generous in their tips and advice.
When I was looking through her blog, “There was a time”, one of the things that really stood out for me was her use of colour, or rather the lack of colour. There is colour, I probably shouldn’t have said that, but images are stripped down to the bare essential colours needed for her images. I really admire that and it is something I would like to work on more.
I know it seems a silly question, “is there anything special about the way you work”, but we all work very differently.
Probably like a lot of people, I like to work, ponder and photograph alone. I need to be totally focused or I get lost!! Sometimes I forget to bring things, so the less I have, the better it is for me. I’m good at improvising and a failure at organizing. Keep it simple is my motto!! For the added artistic touch I love working in photoshop ( Laura Macky told me I must get it). Previously I used the free source Gimp.
I did suspect as I was looking through her work that she may use infrared photography. I do remember someone mentioning recently that Cybele did, though I wasn’t quite sure. I do like that infrared style, if you can call it that, and I think it works wonderfully with her work.
The next question was about gear.
A backpack, a camera, a snack and good pair of sneakers!! (oh and a stick to ward off cougars in the park!! :) )
I use a canon rebel t4i. I have a few lenses, including an inexpensive zoom 55-250 which produces some bokeh in macro (I love!) and a Sigma landscape 10-20mm. I also have a dedicated Nikon Coolpix infrared, so I always carry the two cameras. I originally started out with a Canon Powershot which I took through the Yucatan and progressed from there. I want more lenses!!
As you can see, she does use Infrared.
The great cosmic intersect and the rest of the time Victoria on Vancouver Island in the beautiful province of British Columbia.
I know I already told you, but I loved the way she put it.
I would like to thank Cybele for allowing me to feature her blog, “There was a time”. here on my blog. I would also like to invite you all to go and take a look at here blog, “There was a time”. Visit you must, follow if you adore, which I know you will. Here is a gallery with more images for you.