It’s not been a week, but time already for another offering from Jenny Downing.


The detailed pattern of a dried leaf is an easy subject, especially when rendered in silhouette. As here, even though it is the more passive colour, the structure catches the imagination, drawing attention. It is almost as though there is nothing else to be seen – all that wonderful green foliage is little more than negative space. There, the power of a tight depth of field.

The few specular highlights, refracted into rainbow patterns by the lens, add an intriguing counterpoint to the main subject – dynamic colour to emphasise how well the leaf manages to dominate only as a lace-work of veins in a skin of soft brown.

Wonderfully peaceful.

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