Plants and gardening have always been a hobby, a way to turn off from the stresses and strains of the corporate world in which I live during the week.
My first garden was a 1930's semi in Nottingham with a long narrow space which very occasionally I return to peer over the hedge and check out the progress of my favourite Prunus serrula tibetica (one left in each of my gardens since). At that time, I was heavily involved in Leics NCCPG along with fellow committee members Rosie Peddle, Bob Taylor and Andrew Ward amongst others, and also the Nottingham AGS where I had the opportunity to learn from incredibly knowledgeable gardeners such as Ray Cobb and Robert Rolfe. With the arrival of children, gardening took a back seat for a few years until I returned in 2008 armed with camera.
Thanks initially to the Flickr community, and occasional advice on day courses with such great photographers as Heather Angel and Clive Nichols, I feel my photography has grown to the level to share wider. My New Years resolution for 2014 is to somehow carve out a little more time to spread my wings beyond my own garden, and photograph many of the excellent gardens and plant collections around us today. Based on the border between each of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire just off the A1, the East Midlands is my crawling ground. Muddy Knees remember. Would love to hear from anyone in the locality with interesting plant collections to photograph.
Plant portraits are my interest rather than sweeping garden vistas. Most happy when wriggling along the ground, camera now more than 6 inches from the ground. Still a member of NCCPG (now Plant Heritage), AGS, HDRA (now Garden Organic) and the RHS - and photographing plant collections would be a great thing to do more of. Hellebores, Hardy Geraniums, Magnolias have always been my personal favourites. All images are taken with my trusted Nikon equipment.
As of January 2014, I am delighted to now be represented on Gap Photos
, http://www.gapphotos.com, where an increasing selection of my flower photographs can be purchased.
My most 'famous' image to date is my Black Hellebore against Carex comans Bronze form, used as the poster shot for Canada Bloom, Canada's largest flower show in Toronto (www.canadablooms.com) in 2013.