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Release by Carol Sharp

Release by Carol Sharp

Onopordum acanthium

©Carol Sharp, Onopordum acanthium


Lunaria annua

©Carol Sharp, Lunaria annua


Release IV Typha latifolia copy

©Carol Sharp, Typha latifolia

Release V Chamerion angustifoilum copy

©Carol Sharp, Chamerion angustifoilum


Release VI Anemone sylvestris copy

©Carol Sharp, Anemone sylvestris


Release X Cirsium arvense copy

©Carol Sharp, Cirsium arvense


 Release XIII Chamerion angustifoilum copy

©Carol Sharp, Chamerion agustifoilum


 Release XV Clematis tangutica copy

©Carol Sharp, Clematis tangutica

How did this projecty come about? 

I am exploring abstract concepts, using nature as a metaphor. The way that plants disperse seeds particularly resonates with me in the way it expresses ‘Letting go’.

Plants do this as part of their cycles and rhythms and do not struggle with it as humans do! They surrender to the inevitable march of the seasons.

Annually I have been trying to control the spread of ‘pernicious weed’ Creeping thistle, Cirsium vulgaris, in my meadows by removing their seedheads before they ripen, but one year I let go of control and they burst into a multitude of beautiful wispy thistle down. I so was absorbed in photographing it, I forgot about the loss of control I had suffered and resigned myself to the consequences as they showed me how wonderful letting go can be.

 Where did you take these shots? 

Mostly in my meadow but some I picked and put in the window, because any breath of wind moves the delicate fluff which makes it very difficult.

What’s the story behind these images?  

As well as the metaphor of letting go, the control of ‘weeds’ and indeed the question of the definition of a weed is another concept this project begins to explore, maybe we need to let go of our preconceived ideas. Why are they less attractive to us than ornamental plants? 

The greater concept is about changing our perception and seeking a greater understanding of our place in nature.

How did you edit them down to the final cut? 

I was looking for images that illustrate the moment of letting go.

Tell us something surprising about this project

As I change the way I look at things, the things I look at change, and after shooting this image I can't look at these ‘weeds' as aggressive thugs again.

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