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An abstract study of time, colour, movement, and the flow-state, captured in the vibrant hedges that line some of Cornwall's twisting ancient roads.
Although they appear wild the hedges are man-made, following a local tradition using stone and earth with hedging plants and trees to act as a windbreak on Cornwall’s exposed land. Over time these hedges become filled with seasonal flowers, leaves, and grasses tumbling over each other in the coastal winds.
Speeding through the landscape, I was captivated by the transformation of the hedges into frozen abstract shapes, reminiscent of the local modern art tradition. Whilst making the photographs I found myself sinking into a flow experience, my mind drifting on the same winds, as if in a waking sleep.
Flow, as defined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi, is “completely focused intrinsic motivation” experienced as intense joy and great inner clarity. In flow, you enter into a “different reality” in which your attention is so focused that “body and identity disappear from consciousness” and “existence is temporarily suspended” as you “become one with the activity”.
Here is a really interesting TED talk from Csíkszentmihályi, on Flow and happiness.
B3306 from this series has received an Honourable Mention in the Life Framer II Awards, and was a finalist image in the 7th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Take a look at my blog for more information about this series.