Cordyline Australis 2

 Posted by on January 18, 2012  Add comments
Jan 182012
 
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I just can't do it.

 

For a few weeks now I've been exploring the concept of digitally/photographically recreating the beautiful Victorian botanical prints that developed from the early woodcuts and first line drawings accompanying the herbals. Somehow it just hasn't sat right with me, although (and perhaps because) I find the hand drawn and painted prints quite beautiful. 

These digital recreations may still be in my future, or, what I suspect is more likely,  they are in my past. My orderly, accounts driven, linear thinking, straight line, left brain past. Much to my poor husband's dismay, my path over these last couple of years has been to reunite with and embrace my wildness and my wilderness. The view from my laundry window is of our back “garden”, a shambles of whatever-may-want-to-surviveness; a place where the neatly trimmed edges around cobbles, an exactly shaven lawn and (mostly) weeded front gardens dare not intrude for fear of being swallowed into the verdant profusion. I feel an instant sense of peace when I look out into the green there, where my bare feet can step directly onto grass and I can let this very special wildness teach me how much of our sustenance can be gained from what we have been brainwashed to believe serves no purpose and should be destroyed. Sprayed and hacked into oblivion.

And back to the Cordyline, the cabbage tree. A vital part of the existence of many early inhabitants of this country; it's corky wood is fire resistant enough to use for chimneys, all parts of the plant are edible, providing a source of sugar and starch; the leaves useful for weaving into  ropes and sandals and having medicinal properties too. And why are they planted in our urban gardens today? Ornamental value.

This image is my botanical print.

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  3 Responses to “Cordyline Australis 2”

  1. You can do it, it might take time, but it will come. If you get a chance listen to a podcast by Vincent Versace on NIK radio http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nik-radio/id365360524 use this link & listen to him, he talks about getting out of your own way I letting things happen. I have been working on this concept for the last year & it has greatly , well I think so, improved my photography, leading me to an area I would not have tried before, dont give up.

  2. Beautiful Jen, it sits very very comfortably with me

  3. Thanks to you both, and especially thanks for the link Scott I’ll check it out… part of the benefit of this gathering.

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