Most people drive up and down the A303 oblivious to the wonderful chalk country either side of the road. But I have to make a conscious effort to concentrate on the road rather than admiring the scenery. A few times, I’ve been lucky enough to be able to stop when the weather, light and crops were just right for a photo. My A303 series photos all look quite tranquil, but in reality, I was standing on the verge with traffic thundering past at 60 miles an hour. However, while I was concentrating on the scene in front of me, I was able to entirely ignore this intrusion of modern life and immerse myself in an intense reflection on the scene in front of my eyes.
This rolling field of almost-ripe oats reminds me of those old-fashioned scratchy plush seats you used to get on buses and trains. I used a telephoto lens to accentuate the topography, and the shadows from a cumulus-filled sky add to the drama of the scene.