marilyncornwell.com: Bio

Portrait: Marilyn  CornwellI am a gardener and photographer. I find photography is a world of exploration and I seem attracted to two realms - the wonder and magic of gardens and plants in the natural world and the everyday decays in the urban environment.

Garden photography allows me to explore the gardenís atmosphere, spirit, and beauty. I seek out the essence of plants and gardens through the seasons and in the fine details of colour, texture, pattern and form. As a gardener my own garden inspires my work and is often the setting for her floral portraits.

The Flowerography Series focuses on the delicate beauty of the floral and natural realm - in petals, seeds, leaves, stems and bark. There has been a floral language for centuries, where flowers and arrangements were coded messages, known as Floriography. A floral arrangement would allow an expression of feelings to the recipient, giving a rich experience that transcended texture, scent, and colour. The Flowerography Series follows in this tradition. The photographer's eye gives each bloom a voice, creating something beautiful to the visual sense and resonating on a much deeper level of sentiment, emotion and spirit.

My work in surfaces and textures is primarily a macro perspective. It is adventurous to find compositions in the urban world of peeling paint, rust, bruised metal and wasting paper and fabric. Abstract images fascinate the viewer with their origin and source. I seem to have posted many more of these images on my Redbubble site where there is a larger community interested in this style of photography.

The Marvelling the Mushroom Series explores the abstract miniature world of mushrooms and she transforms the viewer's experience of these exquisite marvels of line, form and colour.

Taking a camera with me every day gives me purpose. I am attentive to the visual world around me far beyond what happens in every-day living. It has been wonderful to have this purpose and it leaves me with this collection of images that you can browse through. I hope you enjoy them.