If you are a gardener with an overwhelming passion for the colour purple and lilac, then the famous names of ‘Arctic Snow’, ‘Cedar Blue’, ‘Grosso’, ‘Hidcote’, ‘Imperial Gem’ ‘Twickle Purple’ and the grand old big Daddy of them all, ‘Old English’ will no doubt be familiar to you.
But to those of us with modest botanical knowledge, and where photography has greater appeal than weeding and hoeing, these names will mean little until the gardener reveals to us that they belong to the plant that many of us travel nearly a thousand miles to Provence to photograph, a plant with the most intoxicating fragrance and memorable colour; lavender!
Humans can be impulsive and so why can’t Light & Land? We have not gone to Provence this year so on Wednesday July 13th, we are going to photograph the lavender… in England!
Any photographer who shares a passion for photographing a sea of bluebells will surely be drawn to making images of lavender. We will visit the staggering display of lavender in one of the largest lavender farms in the south of England; Snowshill in the heart of Cotswold Country.
We can hope for a little light breeze and photographers with neutral density filters may enjoy using long shutter speeds to produce some impressionistic images, where the lavender flowers sway in the wind to produce images which convey a glorious smoky, purple smudge. Amongst these wonderful rolling swathes of lavender, anything is possible!
Here will be an opportunity to photograph these breathtaking flowers in full bloom.
Sue Bishop will provide tuition and ample guidance as to how you may work toward realising an image that you will perhaps have formulated in your mind’s eye, yet might not know quite how to bring it to life.
The good folk at nearby National Trust property Snowshill Manor have offered us a room where we can discuss the various photographic approaches that will be possible from the strict symmetry of the regimented lines of lavender to the close cousins of multiple exposure and neutral density filters, which allow the photographer to break away from the literal into a world of colour and abstraction.
It may be that you will return home at the end of the day without memorising any of the names of the twenty or so varieties of lavender at Snowshill. But, nevertheless, we would hope that you will be rewarded with some stunning images and we can all be forgiven if we caption our images just… lavender!
Had a great day - reawakened my love of macro photography