Collages

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.

 

 

 

About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'.
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18 Responses to Collages

  1. oneowner says:

    It looks like there was quite a bit of effort on your part, Andy, to arrange these so artfully. Not only are the photos outstanding but you also have my admiration for your patience. Nice work!

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. One puff of wind and my work would have been blown away! The Hornbeam leaf was created quite quickly and is, to my mind, not that attractive as an image – it needs finessing – but the experimentation and trial and error of this project is something I have thoroughly enjoyed.

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  2. paula graham says:

    Of all your creations on this subject it is the last one that pleases me most.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Paula. I’m glad you like that last one. For me that was a new departure and something a little different from what other people might have crated previously with leaves. When I first collected leaves a month or so ago with a project in mind I never envisaged where it would ultimately lead.

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  3. Sue says:

    Fascinating!

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  4. shoreacres says:

    I especially like the way the first two collages, taken as a whole, mimic the shape of the individual leaves.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you Linda. I wasn’t totally happy about those assemblages. They are a little too rough and crudely shaped. In my defence they were put together hurriedly – I half expected a puff of wind to carry the leaves away any minute! They were exploring an idea – one that I might explore further next year but to be truly effective they need a lot of leaves to create a collage shaped in the form of a leaf.

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  5. Meanderer says:

    I love what you have done with the leaves and especially like the hornbeam leaves shaped into a hornbeam leaf and graded by colour; very effective.

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Meanderer. I liked the idea but I didn’t think I executed it very well. I think I needed a lot more leaves and a lot more patience to really create an accurate leaf shape, but maybe next Autumn I will pursue that further.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Terrific! I love seeing you experiment, I think it inspires us all. I wonder if the last one, with that expressive brushwork, would be even better with only those dark, almost black leaves? The simplicity of the first one, with that progression from greener to more worn, and the hint of shadow under each leaf, is perfection!

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    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much Lynn. Autumn has still not yet ended and I think I have enjoyed it more this year than ever before – that’s the effect of a project! The last image was almost a ‘what if…?’ quite hurriedly created and not really concentrating much on how to build it up. I have a number of ideas about how to develop that idea and certainly the dark decayed leaves would make an interesting canvas on their own – I wil be playing around with the ideas and by next autumn I may well have a more definite steer on where this project will go. The first image, which you liked so much, is very simple but it tells the story in a very uncomplicated way and I like the concept of letter-box shaped images to show progression. There will, I hope be at least one more image in this series before it comes to a close.

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  7. seekraz says:

    Very nice, Andy…thought provoking post.

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  8. Dina says:

    Very nice arrangements and lovely photos, Andy! 👍🏻

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  9. Chillbrook says:

    These are superb Andy!

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