When Kara Town – one of the creative directors of the beautiful online journal Nest Together – approached me to talk about an editorial she wanted to do on Cactus, I was immediately intrigued. We spoke in detail of Ansel Adams’ early botanical works as inspiration for the piece – his interaction with nature, and his wider landscapes together with his more intimate portrait details.
With this in mind, I visited The Royal Botanic Gardens in an homage to both Adams’ connection with the environment and his photographic techniques. Once at the Gardens, I found myself in another, very quiet world where only light and shadow, form and texture existed – just me and these strange botanical creatures. I started to see the cactus as individuals, each with their own distinct personality and things started to feel quite surreal.
This is some of what I saw that day.
(if you love what you see, you can get a limited edition print from my new store here)