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Fritillary Gallery

By Andrea Jones

I love fritillaries – they are so elegant and graceful. 

Most of the species below were photographed at the nursery of Jim and Jenny Archibald in Wales, JJ Archibald Seeds. Very sadly our friend Jim died of cancer in August  last year; so this was a particularly good opportunity to pay tribute to him.

He was an extremely knowledgeable plantsman, plant hunter, and an all round lovely, kind man with a wicked sense of humour who my husband Alasdair and I had the good fortune to know for a very short while.

Fritillaria yuminensis
Fritillaria yuminensis – China

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Andrea Jones On The Road – Altamont Gardens In Ireland

We’re delighted that Andrea Jones, who was the judge for February’s Picture This contest and considered one of the top landscape photographers in the UK, has returned to GGW with ‘off piste’ photos (those not used) of Altamont Gardens that she took while on location. Although British by birth, Andrea resides in Scotland. She is constantly on the move, photographing both public and private spaces. Like our own GGW Contributor Noel Kingsbury, she is a prolific artist….and humble. When I opened my April issue of Gardens Illustrated this morning, 2 of the articles were photographed by Andrea. Keep your eyes open for more of her weblogs in the coming months…. Fran Sorin

I promised a preview of my pictures of Altamont Gardens, known as the most romantic garden in Ireland.

Male Peacock displays in front of Altamont House
I arrived in the early hours thinking the Irish mist would lift but instead this dense fog hung over the gardens until about 2pm. I was alone for most of the time (and freezing) but it was the most magical experience.

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Picture This Winners – February 2011

A big thank you goes to our first time judge from England , Andrea Jones, who pushed the limits by offering ‘Genius Loci’ as the topic for February. She did a fantastic job facilitating our entrants to shoot dazzling, insightful and compelling photos.  To order Andrea’s books or any of her several magnificent prints,  click here……Fran Sorin

 Here’s what Andrea wrote:

“I am thrilled that so many of you have taken on my challenge of ‘Genius loci’ – especially at such a bleak time of year for most of us!

Even more delighted that you ‘got it ‘! I was concerned that the task I set in winter, of all time, was really too tough and that you might pass it over – stay indoors and wait for the next one! I’m sure it was tempting; but the results are better than I could have dreamt! Congratulations to all who took part.

Since setting the task, I have given a lot of thought myself as to what makes a good photograph – what gives a photograph the ‘wow’ factor. Sure, there’s an element of luck. The light comes right at just the perfect moment – or the mist rolls in. But in this particular task, what I was really asking for was thought. Think before you shoot. In this age of digital technology it is so easy to just ‘snap’.

Book Photographer of the Year. Andrea Jones. 5 of 10. Lurie Garden. Frances Lincoln. September 2009

When I run photography workshops, the most beautiful music to my ears is when students say to me before they leave ‘do you know I’d never have thought of photographing in that way before.?’ Or ‘I see things quite differently now! ‘

It’s nothing to do with me – it’s just that I have slowed people down and made them look. In some instances I don’t even allow them to take a camera on the first trip! I suggest a black frame and a pen and paper.

Think back to when artists had no choice but to trek into the landscape with an easel and set up their painting in the wild and work for hours. It goes without saying that they would choose their position with a good deal of thought. After all, it’s a lot of trouble to go to and then decide the composition might have been better if they’d moved over to that rock a few paces on the right!

Landscape artists have to think this through carefully before committing paint to canvas. And not just artists but early Photographers like Roger Fenton who captured landscapes and war scenes in the Crimea in the mid 1800s. He had a horse drawn caravan of photographic gear and a dark room to lug around! There was no ‘snapping’ opportunity for him! Take a look also at Alfred Stieglitz, an early photographic perfectionist from New Jersey with a relatively modern Single Lens reflex camera. Look at the amount of trouble these guys went to to ‘get their shot’.

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Reminder For Picture This Deadline

Selectively pruned trees lining avenue and gravel driveway in early morning light. Hither Lane, Long Island, USA. Designed by Reed Hilderbrand Associates For those of you who haven’t gotten around to it, a reminder to get your entries in for this month’s contest. Our judge, Andrea Jones, has given us a great subject , Genius Loci. To read the original post and rules for entering, click on here.

The contest ends tomorrow, Wednesday, the 23rd at 11:59 pm.

Those who have already entered are offering up a feast for the eyes. Check their photos out at the gallery.

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Picture This Photo Contest – February 2011

When Noel Kinsgbury suggested  a colleague of his, Andrea Jones , as a possible judge for Picture This, I was ecstatic. I have been a big fan of her work for years. She has that rare ability to capture subtle, evocative moments in gardens and nature that resonate deep within the soul.

Andrea is one of the world’s foremost garden photographers, having built up an international reputation for her photographs of landscape architecture, gardens and plants. The latter was the subject of Andrea’s critically acclaimed solo book Plantworlds (2005). She has collaborated on numerous other book projects since; Bold Plants and Grasses and Bamboos, both by Noel Kingsbury (1999). Andrea’s collection of work forms the stock library Garden Exposures and appears in the international press including Gardens Illustrated, Garden Design (USA), House and Garden and The Daily Telegraph. Based in Scotland, Andrea is a Fellow of the RSA and exhibits her work around the world having had several successful solo exhibitions in both the UK and US. In 2008/9 she was voted Photographer of the Year by her peers in the UK’s Garden Media Guild.   Fran Sorin

” It has been said that anyone coming across the village of Barr by accident could be forgiven for wondering if they had stumbled into Brigadoon, the fictional Scottish village said to emerge from the mists only once every 100 years.  The village lies buried deep within the Carrick Hills and of the three roads leading across the moors and down into the valley in which it nestles, all are winding and one is so contorted in its twists and turns that it is known locally as ‘The Screws’.*


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