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Studio journal #4 – November 2020

Welcome… There haven’t been any visitors at the studio during lockdown but I’ve been able to go as a ‘place of work’ and so continue with my ’Reconstructed Nature' project. That’s been my main output this month. I’ve produced a couple more taped pieces and then just lately I’ve been experimenting with wire and clips as a support mechanism for the subject matter.

Online, I’ve posted some articles about a couple of the first Reconstructed Nature pictures and how they came together. I’ve put these on Behance which is a more project based social media site. The posts can contain any number of images with captions and descriptions and so it allows more in-depth articles to be written about projects and works in progress. It’s used by all sectors of the creative industries, mainly digital practitioners, but there are some more ‘arty’ things on there so worth checking out, or perhaps joining in?

Best wishes
Richard

'Flow' – 3 November
‘Reconstructed Nature V’ which has a working title of ‘flow’ – it just seems to have a movement dynamic to it somehow. I’m liking the odd green, slightly less dead pine needle, strategically placed of course, and also how the tape has formed almost concentric circles around the upper centre focus point (which was totally unintentional).
The original ‘Reconstructed nature’ shot – 9 November

The ‘Reconstructed nature’ project which I’m currently in the midst of has been in my mind for some time it would seem. I started shooting plants indoors as part of my ‘Uninvited guests’ project and for those images I used wire and bulldog clips to hold the plants in position in front of a window.

This shot of forsythia was taken much later and the shoots were taped to hold them in position, on paper I think. The colour version was the original shot but for some reason I shot the monochrome picture, with the tape, two days later. And then, like most pictures, did nothing with it for two years until I posted it on Instagram as part of another project. I replicated the idea with some daisies earlier this year and look where we are now! Some ideas just need time to ferment I guess, or in this case, I think having the time and the place to experiment and push the concept further has really helped it develop into a proper project.

Ambiguous flow – 10 November
Three ‘Reconstructed nature details’ which I’ve printed as a triptych as although the close-up shots are all from different areas of the original piece, they still retain a flow, albeit with some ambiguity and disconnect between the panels, which I’m liking a lot…
Bevere Gallery website – 14 November
As the studios are presently locked down to the public I’ve only been up once this week; instead being tied to my office desk with some pretty mundane design work. On a positive note though, some of my images are now available for purchase on the Bevere Gallery website. Thanks to Kim and Al at Bevere for their offer to include Yew Trees on the Gallery website and to host our work, which I think is a real validation of what we’re all doing and very much appreciated.
Climbing hydrangea – 17 November
I’ve been experimenting with alternative supports for subjects within my ‘Reconstructed Nature’ project, moving away from tape to bulldog/binder clips on wire. I’ve drilled some wooden blocks so that wire can be threaded through and held upright – the same sort of construction I used for my ‘Uninvited guests’ project but in this case deliberately showing the supporting mechanism.
More clips on wire… – 19 November
Reconstructed Nature VII
Square leaf – 21 November
Square leaves now, just what is the world coming to…?
Three Pitchcroft trees – 24 November
Three Pitchcroft tree prints photographed in the gallery just before being wrapped up to be sent off to the Rose and Crown at Severn Stoke. They’re being displayed as part of an art wall alongside other works all depicting Worcestershire landscapes.
Fiddlesticks – 27 November
These random compositions were formed by repeatedly throwing down six offcuts of card. I was reminded of a family game I played as a child where you had to extract individual wooden sticks from a pile of sticks without moving any of the others. Anyway, that aside, I do like a bit of serendipity and quite happily spent 20 minutes or so shooting about 30 of these. Then, in the spirit of randomness, screen grabbed these 16 from the grid view in Lightroom to form a collective composition.

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