The search for somewhere to visit on our way home from Lincolnshire proved more challenging than expected. Many places haven’t reopened since the lockdown and those that have are mostly only open for prebooked visits. However, we struck lucky when we found Barnsdale Gardens near Stamford. Barnsdale was originally designed and owned by Geoff Hamilton – a familiar name to anyone who watched the TV programme, ‘Gardener’s World’ in the 1980s and 90s. Today it’s run by his son and features thirty eight individual gardens of different styles.
Initially I found it hard to get inspired. October is a time when flowers are beginning to disappear from the garden, while the autumn colours aren’t yet appearing in full force. Then inspiration struck and I decided to have another play with multiple exposures. One of my favourite techniques is combining a sharp image with another frame of the same scene which is intentionally defocused. This seems to bring an ethereal glow to a scene and as I played I found my inspiration returning.
While photographing an Acer tree I initially cursed Kevin as he wandered into the back of my scene. I was already halfway through a double exposure though, so I continued and used his shadowy figure as an element in the story instead – waste not, want not!
15 October 2020