For Those Interested...
The development of these unique Art Cards has evolved out of a love of plants and design. I have long been amazed at the great diversity and beauty of the plant world and I am truly in awe of the "Grand Design" - not made by any human hand. I have a great desire to share some of the beauty that I have been so priviledged to see in the garden spaces that surround me.
All of the images are from my own gardens and I have chosen and placed each plant with care. As a designer and photographer, I have found that paying attention to the small details certainly makes a difference to the final picture and I have tried to show these details wherever possible.
Most of my photos have been taken either early in the morning or later in the day when the light is softer. I have found that although there can be some problems with shadows, I feel that it can actually make the shot more mysterious almost, and I usually like it.
In the photos in "Garden Glimpses", I have tried to show the importance of texture and scale. A large leaf such as Bergenia looks more interesting when placed with some very tiny, almost busy leaves. Adding some verticals as well, helps keep away from everything in the garden bed becoming "roundy-moundy".
The Fantasy photos have been produced by using the many filters and lighting effects available in Photoshop. It's often a surprise to see what effects are possible and the unique results are sometimes quite unexpected.
The Beautiful Botanicals show, up close, what remarkable beauty there is in just the most delicate petal or leaf.
As we get closer to Christmas, there will be a great many more photos of all sorts of images that are traditionally associated with the season, including some fantasy snow shots. It has always been my favourite time of year and I look forward to sharing some of the beauty that can be seen then.
It is my hope that these garden and botanical images might give enjoyment and perhaps even inspire some gardeners to try something different in their own spaces. Please Enjoy! Sincerely, Susan Wheeler