A photo a day – signs of Spring in suburbia

It may only be February 20th but signs of Spring are appearing in mum’s garden.

I say “garden” but in reality its a small strip of earth she has tended for the past 51 years, since they moved to this house when I was five years old in the summer of 1963. Back then the garden was the whole width of the house – see below – but when I was injured in 1978 and became a wheelchair user they concreted it over so I could get in and out of my car in safety as well as get in and out of the house. In the event I never could use the drive for parking my car because it was on too greater slope and so have always parked across it. However mum uses it – and still gets a lot of pleasure out of tending the little bit of garden that’s left.

No 59

My image didn’t remind me of any contemporary English photographers – does it for you?

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South Londoner struggling with life, art and photography.
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7 Responses to A photo a day – signs of Spring in suburbia

  1. Catherine says:

    No, I can’t think of a well-known contemporary photographer, although some of Simon Roberts’ work comes to mind, also George Shaw then painter in respect of the second image. I do like your first image – that unveiling of Spring. Just wondering what your mum thinks?

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    • anomiepete says:

      I can see why you mentioned Simon Roberts Catherine – but I always think he presents his subject less intimately. I will have a look at more of his work as I only know We English.

      Re Mum: she, just like most mums, would sacrifice anything and so she does not complain. In fact now both parents are 86 they can’t do much gardening – dads had the greenhouse demolished and doesn’t do any and mum just tends this small area in the front (although she says she’d go made without it …)

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  2. Catherine says:

    Yes, Simon Roberts does seem more ‘distanced’ on the whole but I do like his work. Even though the garden might be small, flowers are always uplifting to see. Almost as good as a rainbow.

    I meant what does your mum think of the photograph (and your dad of course).

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  3. A beautiful shot through the window. I can’t wait until I start seeing these signs of spring here in Canada.

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