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The story behind the Cottage Garden Series.

As a teenager, I stumbled upon the history of the English cottage garden.  I was hooked by both the very sight of then and also their rich history and all that this brought, including Helen Allingham's chocolate-box views of tumbledown cottages with flower-filled front gardens.  Behind the romance that she portrayed in her art, there was poverty and hard work.

The earliest cottage gardens were practical out of necessity, provided nourishment for poor cottage dwellers.  With focus on vegetables and herbs and fruit trees, a beehive and possibly livestock could often be found.  Flowers were used to fill space and, gradually became more dominant. They also had a practical use - edible flowers used as a food and fragrant ones used to make pot pouring or were strewn on the floors to combat odours. The traditional cottage garden was usually enclosed, perhaps with a rose-bowered gateway.

Cottager’s plots were small and crammed with plants for maximum productivity.    Increased prosperity during the Elizabethan era meant that cottagers could afford to grow more flowers. Some still had functional uses -  violets which were strewn on cottage floors as their scent deterred vermin. Other flowers, hollyhocks for example were grown for their beauty and nothing more .

There is nothing pretentious about these cottage gardens.

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Cottage Garden Series

Limited Edition Prints

A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph a traditional English cottage garden where fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers to decorate the house were grown cheek by jowl. I wanted to record the contents of this garden in line with my passion for the Florilegium. I felt it acknowledged the historical side beautifully. 

Each editioned image is carefully printed onto a Baryta/Fibre based silver gelatin photographic paper based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology which has beautiful panchromatic sensitivity.  Again this printing process and use of the particular nods gently at then historical base of this series.  The Series can be found here.

Back soon,

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Looking back as late Spring becomes early Summer

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I love the way my the work has its own natural rhythm that reflects the seasons... I suppose it is inevitable really as it is loosely based around nature and I tend to use natural light to work with - even if that entails 30 second exposures.

Spring generally kicks off my photography year and this one has been no exception.  I am lucky that I get to work with artisan food producers, whose work also reflects the seasons.  I thought I would share some of my latest work - all food centred for such people together with some of my own content creation that I gather to support my lovely commercial clients who need further images to add clarity to their business or personal branding, editorial work and other projects.

If you are a new business just starting out or an established business needing a brand update, or needing some of my content creation images, then I would love to work with you.  Simply get in touch to chat further.

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Dahlia for Noah

As you know, Fine Art Photography is very much part of my work as a photographer.  You will probably have seen a body of work called Dahlia Days a collection of C type images in limited editions.  I generally give an artist's statement to give viewers an insight into the background of a body of work.  This is different and something very close to my heart, so I thought I would let Vicki write a few words instead.  A first for me.

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My husband, created my dahlia bed as a tribute to our beautiful son, Noah, who we lost when he was two days old. The dahlias are grown with love and a quiet dedication. 

And from May to October, we fill the house and Noah’s special place with beautiful dahlias. We also give them to friends, neighbours and strangers. 

Each year, the dahlia bed is extended because the love does not fade. It grows. 

A good friend told us that in the Victorian language of flowers, the dahlia is seen as a symbol of dignity, elegance and an everlasting bond. 

And we grow them as a way to celebrate our bond with Noah and for people to say his name. 

I feel privileged that Vicki and her husband have allowed me to  celebrate Noah’s short life through my art photography.  You will now know why I want to fill the world with this specially chosen C type print called Dahlia for Noah.  Do please repost on social media to spread the word.  All profits from this print will go to SANDS, a most worthy charity.

If you would like to see more of their world, then both Vicki and Keith are on instagram.  Do follow them...

Julie x

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more from the series of Limited Edition C type Fine Art prints from the Dahlia beds for Noah.

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Welcome

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Welcome to my space - full of cogitations,deliberations, meditations & pondering…

eat | create | bloom | read | next | breathe

Welcome to this little corner of my site.

From time to time, I feel the need to pen a few words about my work or to give you an insight into my world, how I focus on the seasons to produce images, my philosophies and thoughts, the latest news, diary dates, articles and more...  I love that often - life, photographic and business styles are inextricably linked - thoughtful, considered, intentional.  So here it is.  This space that I have called This Creative Life.

Enjoy...

 


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