'I like it when a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete, it's so **** heroic.' George Calin
'Wilding or Wildling….a plant sown by natural agency'
Oxford English Dictionary
Over the last year and a bit I have been working with photographer Paul Debois and Alys Fowler on a new project called 'Wildlings'. It describes in photography, painting and words, plants growing in extraordinary circumstances.
I think of Wildlings as warriors of nature. In reality nature is a warrior, one that protects us and destroys us in uneven measure. We can't tame nature, we must learn to live with it and to wonder and enjoy it's strength and beauty. These images look at the ordinary and the extraordinary persistence of nature.
How it all began...
In 2012, Paul explained the idea for this project by describing a foxglove he saw growing in a wooden post on the River Thames. Against all the odds it survived both the elements and the tides.
Paul's description captured my imagination and drew me into the project. This image has stayed with me constantly-so I painted it.
It is the only Wildling that wasn't photographed.
oil on canvas
78cm x 49cm
Found photographing in rain or shine for magazines and the like.
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