Years ago, when I moved into a flat with white walls and big windows, I did a series of black-and-white photographs of white flowers with shadows cast by window frames adding dramatic diagonals to the images. I'm still a sucker for a strong diagonal in any composition but now I've come back to colour images and moved away from white backgrounds. This series of still lives that I've been working on over the last few months uses the back of an old wooden-framed armchair as a back-ground. The light is simply what comes in the window -- I've not even used a reflector.
I love the drama of the dark shadows and the glowing colours of the flowers set against the rich, warm tones of the wood. In some cases a copper side-table or the glass of a small vase adds more colour. Taking the photos has involved a lot of sprawling on the floor whilst trying to get my verticals straight. And also, you really realise how fast the planet spins when you do this -- the sun moves fast and I have to adjust the positions of flowers and background every few minutes.
My aim is to put on an exhibition once I have a few more suitable shots.
Anna Watson: photographer, parent, juggler