Excerpt from Monty Don’s review of my book for The Observer Life Magazine:
“These are plants out of time and place and locked into their own perpetual strangeness which, of course, they have always had…”
The Holly is symbolic.
This image reminds me of someone I worked with.
We made this for my book; the right leaf had to be brown for faded Evergreen – on a brown background to concentrate the shape. The eye to look, to be slow. It was empathetic.
Looking at it again bringing it out of the book it is similar to uncovering a plant in the press. I still like its original form; not related to fashion or time.
Flamingo is the title I gave it for my book. The colour image I made initially for the Observer.
Revisiting the image I wanted to associate walks, freedom in abstraction, from black introversion, shadows of white – a sense of walking, the graceful gait of the birds, their legs folding backwards in pink, funny when they run.
I kept going back to the Phormium – different images, then and now – I revisit that time, outside of it then. Attracted by their plasticity, looking fake, fashionable and not at the same time – translating to something I find sensuous, I planted them up big. In containers, the fakeness increased. It remained the drama outside. And in this image is the sensitivity, the duality of material in Nature. This juxtaposition and abstraction.
I kept going back to the Phormium – different images, then. And now I revisit that time outside of it. Attracted by their plasticity, looking fake, fashionable and not at the same time – translating to something I find sensuous when photographed. I planted them up in big containers, the fakeness increased.
The fakeness increased the duality of material I find interesting in Nature. Using the negative, containing a different tone, enhances this juxtaposition and material abstraction.