• Nick Brown

Lockdown Garden Photography

Today is the end of my 4th week in lockdown and it continues to be a strange existence but becoming less strange by the day. I'm in a fortunate position to be occupied nine to five and I don't have the added challenge of having children to educate and entertain. Not without concerns though. My wife's business is currently unable to trade and she is due to give birth in three weeks. We find ourselves wondering what pressures the NHS will be under, what resourcing challenges they will have and most worryingly whether birthing partners will be allowed to support or if mum has to go it alone. Certainly not how we expected to end of the pregnancy to be. I'm far from complaining though and with people close to us working for the NHS the realities of the situation are well known.

Photography is a massive part of my life. It has been a fascinating art to study from the science to the application and creative aspects. And over the last few years delivered a number of rewards.

Most recently I have focused largely on black and white architectural fine art photography. My personal photography projects have been consumed with it. I have won multiple awards and am pulling together a submission for a Craftsman qualification based on the genre.

But for the last four weeks I've not seen another building other than the back of my house, the front of the house across the road and Tesco. It was only a matter of time before I ventured in to the back garden looking for a picture. And it is hasn't disappointed.

I've been using a 90mm f2.8 macro and a 35mm f1.2 to explore what's going on in the garden and I've been bitten by a bug [sets himself up for a poor joke]... Literally I was bitten by a huge insect!

I wasn't.

But yes I have been. The built environment still amazes me but the colour and life in the garden is a direct contrast to my usual subject and I love it. We have an abundance of wild flowers (because I don't do any weeding) and so many difference species of bird visit it has surprised me at how fascinating I've found it as a photography subject.

It's doesn't come without a sacrifice. Early mornings are best whilst insects are dozy from the night and sit well for photos. You get dirty and wet, well I seem to, and it is frustrating. I've spent ages with a Robin exactly where I want it just with their back to me refusing to turn and look at the camera.

It's turning into good sport. To the point, and Sarah's bemusement, that I'm thinking about buying a hide to sit in for hours on end.

The branch in the picture of this Robin is not actually part of a tree. I had cut it down earlier that day which has given me the idea to create photo friendly areas of the garden to attract wildlife. Seems like a lot to go through but with a little one due in the next few weeks shifting personal projects from the cities to the back garden is no bad thing.

As an escape and distraction photographing the garden, as many have been, has been priceless. Expect to see a lot more photos pop-up on my social media feeds and in my Lockdown Gallery.

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