I’m very lucky to live a 30 minute drive away from the new RHS Bridgewater Garden which opened earlier this year. My first visit was on October 1st with a photographer friend and we spent a very enjoyable few hours wandering among flower and vegetable beds, through the partly constructed Japanese gardens and by the lakes and meadow. Although it was late in the season there were still a few splashes of bright colour remaining.
After a spell of wet and miserable weather the forecast was for a dry and bright Monday. I had no plans and a strong urge to get outdoors so I started to wonder whether I would find much to shoot in the gardens once the flowers have passed. Well there’s only one way to answer that question! I decided to limit myself to my Lensbaby Twist 60 and Edge 50, two optics that I’ve neglected for a long time. When the first row of flowerbeds contained nothing but soil I was a little apprehensive about finding anything to shoot but I soon decided to just enjoy the beautiful light, textures and shapes and shoot whatever made me happy.
The first three images were taken with the Edge 50, I love the flare from this optic shooting into the light, the others are taken with the Twist 60. I’d completely forgotten how the Twist can transform the simplest of scenes, I love the way things seem to take on a life of their own when viewed through the Twist.
I’m really looking forward to visiting the garden over the next year and seeing the changes the seasons bring.