Nature in Revival
The beautiful mood of spring has inspired me to have a look at some of my older images that are simple contemplative studies of a green and burgeoning world. Nature and flora.
I know 2021 was going to be my year of all black and white and I knew I wouldn’t be able to stick to that stipulation for long, though I do intend to concentrate on shooting stuff with a mono endprint in mind and for much of the rest of the year.
However, I just felt that I needed to convene with the green, always one of my favourite colours by the way. It is interesting to see how an aspect of the current photographic zeitgeist is strongly obsessed with “authentic” representations of green flora, not even flowers. Though this trend also appears to be based on a kind of anti-agency feel, very much at odds with my intensely studied, structured and post-processed images. There is a style that looks a little like accidental shutter actuation’s on a walk through shrubbery and with very digital out-of- gamut YCbCr greens. Interesting potential deconstruction of the essence of digital photography or a pastiche on amateur imaging efforts? Isn’t this what made Andreas Gursky famous — and rich — with Rhein II?