VP from Veg Plotting blog who organised the globally accessible Fringe cake event, The Bloggers' Cut, last year has come up with another winning event for this year. Her project is called 'Shows of Hands' and you can read about it on her blog. It doesn't matter where you are in the world, you can join in - and the more the merrier!
I don't like the look of my own hands; they are outdoor hands, lined and with age spots creeping in, but I've been drawn to images of working hands since I first studied photography as part of my belated design degree at St. Martins two decades ago. I was initially inspired by Dorothea Lange's images of the migrant farm families, the American dustbowl pioneers in the Depression era. I'm therefore hugely excited by VP's project and have trawled back through my veg patch photos to see if my own hands have crept into any of my pics. There was a total of five over the past few years and I asked my son to take the last photo - me on the balcony, gently stroking and talking to my plants, an activity I indulge in daily.
I'm pleased with the ones that I've found as I think they reveal a little of the joy that I get from immersing myself in all aspects of being an urban grower. Working hands, working towards a simple life.
|Batter coating courgette flowers for deep frying; plaiting onions; checking roots before repotting; talking to my plants.|
#shows of hands
I'm calling my collage 'Gardener Cook'
All photos taken at my home in London NW5 between 2012 and 2014.
Read more about the Fringe in this Daily Telegraph article.