Ferox Hortus (the fierce garden) is a project I began in the autumn of 2017 driven, in part, by a desire to reinvigorate my passion for photography. I’ve not taken many photographs over the past couple of years, a combination of events and circumstance. However, with 2018 underway it’s something I hope to change. It focuses on two groups of plants, insectivorous plants and South African succulents. Plant portraiture is a very accessible form of photography, if you can find the plants that is. Fortunately, most of the images in this project come from my own collection, a fact that conveniently avoids the hassles encountered in setting up a tripod at more public venues.
Getting the light to accentuate and emphasise the textures and patterns of the plants meant using a light tent to soften the harshness of daylight. Backdrop was a simple chalkboard, smeared with an appropriate amount of chalk. For many years, I've used SilverEfex Pro to do my black and white post-processing and with its recent adoption by DxO Labs, I'm glad to be able to continue to do so. I've always liked the way that it mimics many traditional darkroom practices - albeit with a far greater sophistication than was readily obtainable in a darkroom.