Shinrin-Yoku

Braichmelyn Forest

Date

7 June 2020

Location

Braichmelyn Forest, Bethesda
SH 63198 65597; 53.16984°N, 4.04802°W

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Braichmelyn Forest

Dolawen Hostel (Dorothy Stringer Outdoor Pursuit Trust) from Braichmelyn Forest

19 thoughts on “Shinrin-Yoku

  1. Once again you have delivered a beautiful set of images. I haven’t heard the term shinrin-yoku before and needed to look it up and the title is indeed fitting for the images you have captured. Before looking up the meaning I had thought there was a quiet about the photographs. The motion blur / intentional camera movement images have a dream like quality about them and work nicely to set up the more detailed shots. I like them all. One shot that grabbed me and maybe because it can be read in many ways is the third picture. I can begin to attach a narrative to it. Also it captures well the damp atmosphere of the forest trail which is not easy to do. I can begin to imagine the sounds and smells of the forest from this small moment. They are all nicely observed and composed. Great stuff.
    On the motion blur I have used the same technique a number of times (predictably) in more urban settings. If you are interested to take a look I’ll pop a link below.
    Stay safe and best wishes, Mr C 🙂
    https://postcardcafe.wordpress.com/?s=motion+blur

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    • Many thanks, Mr C, for the words of appreciation. I’m glad you liked the ant’s-eye view of the damp path.

      And thank you for the link – I hadn’t seen some of those before and it was good to see the ones I had again. All very effective!

      gassho
      🙏✨

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  2. I look at these images again and again … and can lose myself in the dampness, the aroma of the mulch underfoot, the cleansed scent of the air. Your photographs truly have a magical quality about them.

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  3. Wonderful work, Graham! This really IS forest bathing. The muddy closeup is fabulous – it’s completely unexpected and it says so much about one’s experience walking through a wet forest. The glistening, bright but somehow also subdued light is lovely. I like the way you include so many angles to your visual description of this place – the intentional camera movement sets a mood, the close-ups make it intimate, the view of people entering the woods puts me there, and then the bird’s eye view gives context – all of those images make for a really thorough impression. (But it would be nice to be able to smell the scents, too!).

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