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Back to 2007


I am an amateur photographer based in England. My main interests are photographing the English countryside, gardens and flowers. But, for various reasons, not the least the pandemic, I now photograph mainly flowers.
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Back to 2007

24 May 2016 7:10PM   Views : 592 Unique : 362

My local club had a meeting last week on the theme of ‘My House’ - four photographs of anything connected with one’s house. Despite months of notice, and with masterful procrastination, I managed to take only two photographs by the day on which the images had to be submitted. This left me with no alternative except to raid the archives.

Searching through my hard disk for a photograph relevant to a theme is like looking for something in the attic: loads of stuff piled into bags (or this case folders) with minimal labels. And like the items in the attic, most of the images are there because they seemed too good/useful/precious to throw out. Others are there, because I have the hope that one day, in the future, I’ll have the software, technical skill and imagination to turn a mediocrity into a masterpiece. An unlikely scenario, since, as I quickly found, I do not remember most of the images.

The reality is that I have an archive of thousands of photographed essentially unsorted, and unindexed, beyond the fact that all the images are held in directories, whose name is the date on which the photographs were taken. The only way for me to find anything is to go into each and every directory.

And just like searching in the attic, I got sidetracked by all sorts of pictures. In 2007, I was obviously into close-up/macro photography of flowers. I have endless images of orchids, cyclamens, bell flowers, pansies, love-in-a-mist, grasses, and forget-me-knots. They are captured in close-up; from every conceivable angle; as single flowers; in racemes and bunches; in the garden and in the house. As far as I can tell, I have only ever done the most rudimentary cull of them to remove the obviously flawed, and nothing else.

For me, two images did stand out from the crowd: the bell flower at the top of the post, and this close up of a cyclamen.

As for the pictures of the house. These were the two, both from 2007, that I finally went for.

I can remember little about the circumstances of either. ‘Shadow Play’ is a picture of the shadows made on the ceiling by a half closed venetian blind. How that particular pattern came about, I have no idea; it wasn’t the pattern I saw last week when I looked. ‘Next Door’ was taken through our landing window. What puzzles me about this is where the light was coming from. I can only think that the setting sun was shining between the two houses; except, I was certain I took the picture at dawn.

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