What Does Your Camera See In The English Country Garden?

Spring is finally arriving, a time which I think most of us will be truly grateful for this year – time to get out there and photograph our blooming gardens!

As a photographer I am constantly looking and finding more and more angles of the world around me to capture in my photography and not to just translate into photographs but also to incorporate a more texturally unique aspect to my work. I got tired of some of the exhibitions I did where I was printing on standard paper, and putting black frames on, I wanted something more interesting. So if I never see another photograph printed on paper, mounted and put in a silver frame, it will be too soon! In a time where we’re all photographers, one way or another, if you’re going to be a photographic artist these days, you have to do something different and of value or what’s the point?!  This is what I hope I have achieved with these exhibitions pieces and have called this method ‘Photomentary’.

One of my Photomentary projects is the English Country Garden’sexhibition where I use these different substrates on which to display my images. I printed on original old English greenhouse glass, then framed this with distressed wood. The old glass is brittle and deliberately hasn’t been cleaned perfectly, which leaves a lovely timeless feeling to these images. What interested me with this project was the juxtaposition of the man-made objects, such as the hose and bollards or evidence of man through the lawnmower and the natural gardens that these objects are seen in.

About An English Country Garden Exhibition – Printed on original old English greenhouse glass, then framed with distressed wood. The old glass is brittle, and deliberately hasn’t been cleaned perfectly, which leaves a lovely timeless feeling to the images.

This was quite a difficult project as the glass was so fragile and indeed sometimes just getting hold of the correct substrates, that I felt would work for these exhibition projects, has been very difficult and has been know to take me years! So even though I make life harder for myself, it’s been worth the effort and expense. Eventually it comes together, feels right and the texture enhances the image and as the garden guru  Monty Don says, ‘If it works, it works…’ and this really does work for me.

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