Seeing David Grech's sketches of the Lofoten Islands in Norway brought back fond memories of my time there a few years ago. I was enthralled by the dramatic landscapes and took every opportunity to photograph every scene I saw – quite difficult when you are trying to get from A to B – or should that be, from B to Å. The weather was particularly kind during my stay and I was very pleased with my efforts – one of which I notice was taken from exactly the same spot from which David sketched the village of Hamnøy. But when I placed David's evocative impression next to my photograph (below) it made it seem quite clinical and far less atmospheric, though the setting is equally dramatic.
However, with a generous amount of 'tweaking', it is possible to create more of a mood with photographs simply by removing, saturating or changing the amount of colour or hue in the picture. It's very easy to create a traditional black and white picture, an old-fashioned looking sepia print, or a more robust colour photograph, each of which has its own character, as illustrated below. We all see things differently. Which view inspires you?