I had been hoping to spend a lot of time in the studio in Koli last month continuing my explorations with projections and shadows and light; but as I couldn't go to Finland and be in the forest there as planned, I've been really drawn to the tiny details in my garden. Lockdown and illness have completely changed the things I had planned for the last couple of months and into the future; schools, workshop and exhibition venues have closed, ways of connecting with others have changed (but never stopped) and ways of creating have had to change too. I'm lucky enough to have a garden, its not big but it's packed with wildlife friendly plants and the details in everything are really intriguing - and whilst spending a lot of time in my garden these past weeks I've been incredibly drawn to the way the light changes throughout the day and how it highlights different things.
I've always loved shadows and it's something I experiment with a lot, whether using projections, making puppets and light installations or exploring with sunlight. These shadows are captured on the same sheet of white paper, moving around the garden and exploring the shadows cast by the sun at different angles. There's no filter on these images, they were taken at different times of the day, from early morning until sunset (at sunset the golden light from the setting sun casts some wonderful shadows onto white paper). The out of focus gentle areas become really pleasing to test out and everything changes by the minute as the light changes, so there's that lovely sense of the unexpected that keeps cropping up.