A passion for nature & photography

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I have been seriously taking photographs for just over ten years. I changed from 35mm film to a digital camera about five years ago – and it changed my entire approach to photography. I had always wished that I had the talent to paint the beautiful things that I see around me in nature. I often wanted to capture what I called my ‘happy moments’. Through the lens of my camera I can achieve both goals. I seem to see vibrant colours, delightful abstract patterns, and interesting textures all around me. Even the leaves of weeds can look striking – I took the shot of the dock leaf shown above while digging my allotment yesterday.

I am always taking photographs and love to use them to illustrate the articles on natural history that I write for Jessica’s Nature Blog. Over the last year I have generated many detailed shots of natural history subjects and experimented with digital manipulation. I have tried out ways of depicting movement in water and sediments. Far too many pictures to feed the blog!  I have had generous feedback and support  from my blog readers – and that has encouraged me to branch out into show-casing a selection of my images in a new site.  I will continue to write the blog as usual but post photographs to the new site as well.


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8 Replies to “A passion for nature & photography”

  1. Jessica, what does “digging my allotment” mean? I love your photographs, particularly the way you find so many beautiful abstract colored patterns in what so many people would walk right by. I also share your passions. One thing I wonder about from time to time (perhaps because my husband is a painter) is the relationship of photography to painting. Historically, photography went through a phase where it tried to look like painting in order to be considered art, and sometimes it seems we–at least I–fall into that kind of thinking. Does my photograph look like a painting. Then it’s art! I want to resist that easy formulation but am curious to know what you think about it.

    Tomorrow I will be posting to my new blog, “A Shot in the Light,” four digital images altered on Photoshop, giving the specifics to explain how they were altered. But now I have to look at your new site….


  2. It resembles a small part of a much larger creation in stained glass.

    You have dock leaves on your allotment? Is this a natural way to keep the aphids away from the radishes and the carrot root fly at bay? Or just an early interloper?


  3. “Digging my allotment” definition: I live in an apartment with shared landscaped garden but nowhere to grow things for myself. I rent a small piece of ground on the edge of the village where I can grow vegetables – my allotment.

    You pose a challenging question about the relationship between photography and art – but I would expect nothing less from a philosopher like yourself. The answer could take a long time to develop – years? I don’t think a photograph is necessarily art just because it looks like a painting – although it might be. Maybe I should ask two further questions. Is a photograph art because I say it is? Is a photograph art when it not only records accurately the subject but also evokes an emotional response in the viewer? To be art it has to be more than the medium used and to result from the additional inputs and interventions of the creator. How’s that for a start? Over to you.
    I look forward to seeing your new photographs tomorrow on ‘A shot in the Light’ at http://shotinlight.blogspot.com/


  4. Thanks, Ian. The reticulation made by the veins does make it look like the mosaic of pieces in stained glass.

    The dock? There are lots of them. Our village allotments were only set up last year and the field has yet to be tamed – from weeds and pesky rabbits eating all the produce. My mission this year is to dig the plot over again and fence it off before putting anything in it. Everything was munched last year. So at least I can enjoy the natural flora if not an early crop of vegetables.


  5. Jessica, your photographs inspire a love for the natural world and make an emotional connection with the viewer. However, all art is subjective. We usually favor art that’s done in a palette of our favorite colors, of a subject we like.

    Artists ‘do’ art to create something beautiful, to express a feeling or to communicate an idea. Photography seems to be an artistic medium you’ve mastered. Good luck with your fine art site.


  6. Thank you for your comments, Amy Lynn. You are quite right about people’s preferences for things artistic. It is all very personal. You have only to look at a site like Fine Art America at all the different kinds of artistic submissions to see how very subjective art is in its expression. To look at the art work that is currently being purchased gives a clear idea of just how varied people’s tastes can be. I find that I like a plethora of styles and subject matter – from a bright and vivid impact to a nuanced presentation in subtle hues.


  7. Photography is art because it is all about composition. A person with a poor camera can still take majestic photographs and a person with a portable spacecraft can take lousy pictures. That leaf among other leaves would be hard to recognize, that leaf with another light would be plain and boring, now it makes you cry – thanks Jessica!

    Eric & Ketsanee, http://www.dokmaigarden.co.th


  8. Thank you for such a lovely comment, it is much appreciated. Every photographer hopes to capture the special something that they observe and to communicate that vision – but it is not often that they receive such encouraging feedback.


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