For years now I have been adding accents of gold and silver to my work. When I worked as a glass blower we would very often use gold and silver leaf to decorate art glass, bowls and goblets and although I no longer blow glass I still adore using gold and silver to adorn my work. It’s become a staple of much of the composite and abstract photography I create, I love the tones, textures and contrasts that using it creates.
This weekend I had a flurry of creativity, inspired by a walk along the Purbeck cliffs, seeing the wind swept trees, umbellifer seed heads and the blue sea glinting below the cliffs, I created the images in this post. Some new, some older works revisited with fresh eyes after a walk in the sea air. The first time in nearly a year I had been to the coast due to the lockdown restrictions.
The lure of visiting the first of the early spider orchids on the cliffs above Swanage was hard to contain and I made the trip. Having found the orchids and spent time with them, what caught my eye and captured my imagination were the wind blown trees, silhouetted against a shimmering deep blue, how I have missed that blue, sea. The colours and shapes inspired a dozen images created in the next 24 hours.
Having started making the images I had seen in my minds eye on the coast I gathered silhouettes of jackdaws and seed heads from around the village and lost playing with layers of texture and colour and gold. It was good to revist old images with fresh eyes and it was amazing how a short trip to the coast has revitalised my creativity.
These images and more can be viewed in the Landscapes in Silver and Gold gallery on this site and I will be available as cards and prints in the near future.