Notes on a photograph - Gorse

April 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

Ages ago I used to write 'Notes on...' blog posts. They started as weekly, then they were monthly, then about a place I'd travelled to, or just at the beginning of the year. Now I do the monthly zines, which I enjoy making, and the posts about them tend to feature a bit rambly writing about what I've been up to lately, but I thought I'd have a go at reviving the 'Notes on...' with a slightly different approach. I'll keep things flexible but perhaps sharing and talking a bit about a particular image or theme. Maybe something I've done recently, maybe looking at something I captured a while back. Nothing major, just something I think will be a good practice for me, and hopefully might be of interest to you.

 

Today I'm sharing notes on photographs I took last week of gorse.

 

Photograph of gorse, with focus on the yellow flowers to the left of the frame, very selective focus with the bush blurred behindGorseGorse

Colchester, April 2021
 

I've been thinking a lot lately about how certain plants and flowers will forever be tied to specific people or memories. Just like a smell can transport your mind to somewhere you experienced it before, whenever I see particular flowers I am reminded of a person or a moment in time.

The cheery yellow flowers guarded by fierce spiky needles of gorse bushes will forever remind me of Easter holidays near the sea on the Gower. A faint coconut scent, keeping a distance so as not to get scratched, striking and tough, when I pass them on a walk (or on the way to the supermarket, where there are quite a few), I'm reminded of climbing the Giant Steps with my family, turning my head for another look at the sea, heading back for tea and the crossword at Grandad's house.

Instant print of gorse, with '23/04/21 Highwoods Country Park' handwritten belowGorse, 23/04/21 Highwoods Country ParkGorse, 23/04/21 Highwoods Country Park  

Photograph of gorse, with focus on the yellow flowers to the left of the frame, very selective focus with the bush blurred behindGorseGorse

Colchester, April 2021

 

I had a dig through my archives too, to see what photographs I took at the time. The photo below is where I'm transported, but I found the bottom image most interesting.

 

Photograph of the coastline on the Gower Peninsula, with yellow gorse, Easter 2009Easter 2009Easter 2009

Easter 2009

Charred gorse, with three yellow flowers remaining, Easter 2013Easter 2013Easter 2013

Easter 2013

It's a sort of mini project I'm exploring, so I'll share more as I go. I've found it difficult to be creative with my own projects this past year but if felt good to go for a walk with my camera and just keep it simple.
 


Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a professional photographer based in Essex. I offer a range of photographic services including exhibition installation images, architectural, interior and object photography and discreet documentary/reportage photography.

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