“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it,
and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth
seeking the successive autumns.” ~ George Eliot
I have been living in Hanmer Springs for the last 20 years. The colours of all the seasons and especially autumn have always been emotionally absorbing. We are all entranced by the beauty of autumn because the colours give us pleasure – even if it is the fading of a season. Much poetry has been written about autumn. Painters have painted the autumn colours. Photographers continue to photograph the shapes and colours and emotions of autumn. I have been photographing the Hanmer colours since I arrived here – on negative film, traditional slides and digitally for the last ten years. Recently I have tried to go beyond the literal and have produced more abstract images. Last year I spent many hours creating abstracts not only in camera but also using the power of post production in the computer. The creation of these abstracts enabled me to escape from reality – something I needed after the earthquakes in Christchurch – I was there in our town house within the four avenues during both the September and February shakes.
Here is just one example of my many autumn images of the trees and leaves in Hanmer. I think it shows the ethereal nature of autumn.