A white Dorset Christmas
Andy Farrer celebrates the blanketing of the county in snow
Published in December ’16
I may be biased, but I don’t think that there are many places prettier and more photogenic than Dorset at any time of the year, but in winter that becomes even truer, especially when it snows.
This is partly because, especially at the coast, this doesn’t happen very often, but also because it completely changes the look of many of Dorset’s iconic places. Sometimes snow and frost soften an image, reducing the contrast, sometimes they do the opposite, providing a stark, white backdrop that throws the chosen subject into sharp relief, or allowing a single colour to be picked out.
Inland, of course, snow is more common, but irrespective of the location, the key to getting the best picture is often to be the first photographer there, the one whose footprints appear in other photographers’ pictures. This means driving in pitch black and freezing conditions to be there when first light comes, which is why you need to be a bit obsessed to be a landscape photographer.