Christopher Wren’s iconic architecture of St Paul’s London has been photographed a million times. In this collection, I aimed for an intimate encounter with the details of the structure.
The warm tones of the Portland stone create a beautiful harmony which brings a peaceful feel to the incredibly complex combination of Neoclassical, Gothic and Baroque elements.
Miss Potter's Garden
Most of the photos in this collection were taken at Hilltop Farm, the former home of Beatrix Potter. I admire this artist not only for her quirky children’s stories with incredibly real character illustrations, but for her guts as a woman of her day. She was also a dedicated naturalist with a particular interest in fungi.
I actually spotted the little red robin in the garden and he landed on the handle of the shovel for a moment, but not long enough for me to take a photograph - cheeky little thing! It was quite amazing to be in that space, breathing in the moist air, with the rustic terracotta pots, the old wheel barrow and watering can. Obviously, not her originals, but faithful replicas still in use each day. However, they were her actual garden clogs and straw hat sitting on the wicker chair in the house.
The light in England is much softer than Australia, the colours are muted, there is far less contrast and everything seems generally more serene. The Australian landscape is so big, dramatic and intense. Our summers are hot, our storms are fierce. I found the British landscape and climate the opposite, very gentle, quiet and understated.
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I wonder about the story of this beautiful young woman. I remember I found her in the British Museum. I imagine she was spending a quiet afternoon, looking out of a lovely balcony window, dreaming of some delightful adventure.
She comes from an era of white linen and delicate handmade lace, of real music played on instruments in the home and fresh flowers brought in from the garden.
It was fun to pull together this collection of images to tell the story of her afternoon daydream.