I was, quite frankly, stalking this couple along Maiden Moor in the Lake District. It’s a practice more commonly used in the street. Henri Cartier-Bresson and others produced beautiful work which has passed the test of time. I enjoy it many years later.

You don’t often see this in the hills. You don’t have the time or energy for it and the main interest is your walk, not human interest. I could have spoken with them, admired her hair (which was the point of it) and asked them to pose. It was all very complicated however, and I decided I could get what I wanted with a little stealth.

There’s a slight tension when you do this because of uncertain reaction if people notice you. I was pleased to get the shot I wanted, which took about twenty minutes, then continue with my walk.

 

Mountain Queen

Monday February 18, 2008