Are you interested in garden photography? I don't just take photos ... I grow photos! and I've some exciting news to share with you. A few weeks ago Elspeth Briscoe from My Garden School.com asked me to write a blog post on garden photography. Some of you may never have heard of this website before so let me explain a little more.
My Garden School is the worlds first online garden school where you can learn from the top professional experts; in your own home anywhere in the world. Elspeth told me that I'd be in good company. Internationally acclaimed garden designers such as Noel Kingsbury and John Brookes write for the website. In fact I have some of their books on my bookshelf!
Andy McIndoe is known to many of you here in the UK as a garden author,designer and broadcaster. Did you watch the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show this year? You would have seen him speaking about the Plant of the Year Hydrangea macrophylla 'Miss Saori' on his stand at Hilliers Nurseries. Andy is also the chief blogger over on the My Garden school blog. So it's a real privilege to share 'internet real estate' space with him along with Elspeth.
You'll need to click on this link to read my article: I Grow Photos where I ask fellow gardeners what it is about taking photographs of their gardens that appeals so much to them. You're very welcome to reshare it too.
Many of you already take lots of photos as I visit your blogs and get to see your lovely garden images throughout the seasons. I even photograph some of you when you're in my garden.
Not all my readers have garden blogs and I know that many of you never take photographs of your own garden. Garden photography can help to record all those garden milestones that you might forget about in the future. From the fresh new growth in Spring and ultimately the flowers, fruit and autumn colours. You can make your own digital journal from those photos.
Garden photography is like another language that anyone anywhere in the world can understand. You're involved 'in the moment' and you take the time and diligence to capture that moment. It's not done hastily but great care and thought goes into the whole process.
You're not just taking a photo you're making one that will tell a story ...a story that means something to you.
When you share those photos you might even inspire others to try to grow something new. Or give them ideas on planting combinations in their own borders.
Ernst Haas once said that taking photos was like dreaming with open eyes.
You become things, you become an atmosphere, and if you become it, which means you incorporate it within you, you can also give it back. You can put this feeling into a picture. A painter can do it ...a musician can do it and I think a photographer can do that too and that I would call the dreaming with open eyes.
So what about you... do you 'dream with open eyes' ?
I know that I do. If you still need a little more convincing then pop over to my post and read how other gardeners feel about garden photography.