My Leaf Project continues to morph as new ideas occur to me, and today it is about collages. the two previous posts have featured image that are the result of combining several images together to create a ‘panel’ Image. Click here and here to view those Posts if you have missed them.
Today is all about collages – meaning that the elements have been assembled on a white background (it’s actually a shelf from a flat-pack wardrobe) and then photographed in situ. Thankfully no wind today otherwise they would all have blown away!
The two images above are of Dogwood leaves (cornus cericea). Next, below is a collage of Hornbeam leaves (carpinus betulus).All these first three images pursue the same idea: of arranging leaves to show visually the process of decay from green/yellow through to dark brown or black.
Below is the first attempt at something different. Somewhere at the back of my mind, remembered from somewhere, is the concept of placing items on a background ‘wash’ of paint applied to the ‘canvas’. I think it must relate to an art exhibit in the past. Translating that into a photographic idea has resulted in a wash of mud being roughly applied to the white background and then Sycamore leaves (Acer pseudoplatanus) layered on in a way that mimics the way they fall to the ground to create the leaf litter that we gaze down at.
There’s a famous saying that “curiosity is the mother of invention”. How true that is. I am enjoying this period of experimentation with an idea that started quite simply of finding ways to show Autumn colours as a process of change and decay. It has gained a momentum that I never really imagined. The project will end soon as the trees are stripped bare, but I have quite an archive of leaf images that will allow me to explore further and then next year maybe this project will fly again.
Remember to clock on any image to see a higher quality enlargement. And, as always, your comments on this project will be most welcome.