I’m instinctively drawn to the creative districts of cities I visit. Places where the community can still somehow support one of those long, dim shops selling art materials and postcards. Continue reading “Street Art in St Pete’s”
It’s a simple but effective tip, but from time to time, turn your camera round. Looking through Flickr, I’m always surprised that so many amateur flower photographers take virtually all their pictures as landscapes. I think they’re missing a trick: individual flowers and clusters of roses are often better suited to a portrait format.
It’s easy to fall into the habit of holding your camera a particular way round: it might be so instinctive that you may not even notice it.
It was in Philadelphia, at my first Garden Writer’s Symposium, during the lunch this bright, generous group of garden experts holds to welcome newcomers to their wonderful event, that I first met Barry Glick. I may be maligning him, but it’s my firm belief that he was just pretending to be a fresher so he wouldn’t miss out on any of the fun. I was prepared for a few surprises, but not quite this one. Continue reading “Hellebore heaven: Sunshine Farm”
The best tip on reading poetry I picked up when studying English at Liverpool University was from a lovely, quirky, thoughtful tutor, then Doctor, now Professor, Philip Davis. Continue reading “A thought for poetry lovers”
Rose blooms are variable. When taking pictures, take the time to search out the flower you like most, or try photographing several. If you would have expected all the roses on a single plant to be exactly the same, you’re in for a surprise. Continue reading “Tips for photographing roses 4: choose your subject wisely”