Photography By Barrie Dale A.G.S.A

I want to persuade humans to get closer to Nature, and I would like Artists to lead the way.

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I aim to be an original nature photographer; to be challenging, original and distinctive, producing abstract art based on detailed Nature photography

When exploring nature with high-magnification lenses, many images appear.  Most are of no interest.  Interesting ones must be captured immediately, otherwise the impact is lost.  This is distinctive moments photography.

Human Beings Have Created A Problem

Human beings have dis-engaged from Nature; we are close to destroying it. But it is our only lifeline. If we are to survive we need to reverse the trend. Everyone must contribute. For their part, Artists must insist that Nature is the source of all Art. It must not be lost.

My Contribution

As an artist I want to make both a practical and an artistic contribution.

Twenty years ago I created a small Nature Reserve, “Wildhaven”, described below. This is my practical contribution.

The "Wildhaven" meadow in Springtime. The flowers are Red Campion, (Silene dioica)
The “Wilhaven” meadow in Springtime. The flowers are Red Campion, (Silene dioica), which flower in early May and stay until Meadow Cranes-bill (Geranium pratense) comes out in June.

Natural Abstract Art

Natural Abstract Art is my Artistic Contribution.

Being ’Natural’ is essential. Being ’Abstract’ gives scope for saying something challenging, distinctive, original. I aim to show that there is still enormous artistic potential residing in Nature.

To see my evidence of this, please go to the Galleries-http://www.wild-haven.co.uk/galleries/

Artistic Ambition

I would like to be walking in the footsteps of Paul Klee; denying the truth of visual experience; exploring the preconscious mind.

I also want to learn from living artists like Frank Bowling. He has strong views about the world. He expresses them by shedding all inhibitions. I need to do the same.

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You will find here many abstract images. They each convey a message. They are all close-ups of flowers; but, how would you know?

Phalaenopsis and Dendrobium

Roughly two thirds of my images are of the orchid Phalaenopsis. The rest are of the orchid Dendrobium except for one image of Geranium Pratense.

The Theme of the Site

You can say many things by taking magnified images of natural forms.

Wildhaven

“Wildhaven” is a small Nature Reserve, half meadow, half woodland. It is the home to English trees, wild flowers and grasses; to owls, kites, woodpeckers, crows, song-birds, finches; to foxes, rabbits, deer, hedgehogs, rats, mice, voles and moles; to beetles and centipedes; to butterflies, damsel-flies, bees, moths and hover-flies.

It was created and is being maintained without the use of either power-tools or chemicals. It has been the source of much of my art.

The 'Wildhaven' Flower Meadow
This shows the ‘Wildhaven’ Flower Meadow in mid-summer. The flowers are Geranium Pratense.

Other “Wildhaven” Sites

If you are interested in images of flowers with less emphasis on the ‘abstract’, please go to http://wildhaven.co.uk. If you are interested in botanical studies of natural forms; or in the countryside and waterways of Oxfordshire please go to http://wildhavenimages.co.uk.

"Wildhaven" wood in late Autumn.  The trees are mainly Sycamore and Ash.
“Wildhaven” wood in early Autumn. The trees are mainly Sycamore and Ash.

Apart from being a wildlife sanctuary, “Wildhaven” captures and stores about ten tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

Owning Natural Abstract Art

Capturing Natural Abstract Art is a challenge. Once found and captured it is precious.

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