Autumn 2022 – A Leafy Diary

The images in this blog were primarily shot over two months – between late September and November 2022 and all reference London’s autumn leaves. This was the scene on Highgate Road today as I headed home:

However this year, because of the UK drought, what appeared to be autumnal scenes also occurred earlier in the year.

Birthday Princess, London, August 2022

Above, the birthday princess shared her birthday with mine, August 19. I believe she was an Afghan refugee. The family are having a birthday picnic celebration in a square in Central London – the grass is strewn with brown fallen leaves, connoting autumn at the peak of summer.

Below, a man rests against a tree trunk, reading. Despite the illusion of a full blown autumn, this was actually photographed in St. James’s Park in early September:

Chilling in St. James’s Park, early September 2022

Moving forward to October and November; some shots of trees that to me suggest abstract expressionist paintings:

Abstract Araucaria, Kew

Abstract Nature in Red & Black

Embracing the elements:

Above, dancer Hayley Matthews leads a session fusing Qigong and dance on Hampstead Heath, November 2022.

Taking inspiration from nature, here are some shots where autumn leaves have been incorporated into personal style. Firstly Don Pepper at the October Colour Walk in Spitalfieds wearing his hand made neck shrine:

Don in his autumnal neck shrine

Below, poet Andrew Rea embellishes his pocket with vibrant autumn leaves at November’s Colour Walk:

Below, couple of photographs featuring leafy facades in the Gospel Oak and Dartmouth Park area:

Red Facade, Chetwynd Road

Next, a series of images with elements of reflection and leafy motifs:

Above, a recent image from my ongoing series Persian Kentish Town, shot on by Kasra Carpets on Highgate Road. Below, fragments of trees reflected in a globe designed by Alison Turner, seen at Trafalgar Square as part of the installation The World Reimagined:

More shadows – this time in Highgate Wood

Autumnal tree shadows and dapple light in Highgate Wood

Autumnal Abstract, October 2022

After the Rain, Highgate Road, October 2022

The Lake at Kew Gardens

A couple of shots featuring autumn leaves and text:

Whitfield Street Reflections and Shadows

Autumn Message on Chetwynd Road

And finally two compositions featuring a single leaf:

Objet Trouvé: high heeled shoe and lone leaf

Leaf in a Fountain, Mayfair


Hayley Matthews

The World Reimagined

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