Amanda Stewart exhibiting 4th-27th May 2019 It all began with a frosty morning and a singing nightingale. I am lucky. I live and work in the same small village, which allows me to walk to work. I have been walking along the same path, across the same field in the village of Collier Street for over ten years, but it wasn't until early 2017 that I ever thought about photographing it.
Then a beautiful frosty morning, followed by a nightingale singing away in a naked hedgerow, led to an idea. In January 2018, I started to capture the then bleak landscape. As the months passed, it changed from barren to bountiful... and back again. I started with just a few images, but as the year progressed, I started to see more. The path is more than a way lined with oak trees across a field of beans. Underneath and all around life grew, flourished and died. I tried to capture it all, from the first green shoots to the final falling leaves. I have stood in the snow, laid amongst the long grass and flowers - always looking a the changing scenery of an every present landscape, but increasingly seeing it from many different perspectives. As the winter sun of December throws its long shadows across the field and my project comes to a close, I can look back at the vast array of flora and fauna that inhabits this small part of Kent. And the weather - sun, mist, snow, rain and frost have all inspired and enhanced the images taken. The missed opportunities: the kingfisher which was too fast, the heron that took off out of the beans one morning and many more... these left me knowing that tomorrow's walk might give me another chance - another moment. So, with over 2000 images taken on my small compact camera, I will choose a few for you to view and hopefully enjoy as much as I enjoyed taking them. I hope I can inspire others to look more closely and maybe capture their own journey to work. As for the nightingale - I never saw it come back to that hedge to sing in 2018. Maybe in 2019 it will and maybe I will be there with my camera to capture it.