Twenty-one house plants and the narrowboat is the limit. Yes, I am turning into my mum, and I have no issue with it. To be surrounded by greenery is absolutely intrinsic to my life and home.

To illustrate, I have a short and sad story. A few years ago, I had a fire on a boat, one of the most traumatic experiences of my life. The barge survived, I survived, but my plans did not. When I finally arrived at the accident, Firemen finished their duties, saving my home. I had a quick look inside to assess the damage. It was the worst-case scenario for my inside garden.

It was devastating to lose them all (the only plant with a name – Frank, pulled through and survived the fire), I nurtured them for so many years, and now they were all gone. I know it might sound absurd to some, but they were a big part of my life. Living alone in the secluded fields of Fenlands, I got very lonely. The remedy to solitude and alienation was tending to my plants. I knew I had a strong relationship with them, but this accident made me realize even more how powerful influence they have on my happiness.

When incorporating that thought in the summer project, I dallied with the camera, initially taking standard photographs of my plants. I guess it’s my starting point, still working on breaking the boundaries, little steps. After a few nice shots, however lacking the out-of-the-box/mistake attitude, I thought of trying something different and, instead of focusing on the plants, my eye caught tiny drops of rain resting peacefully on a window.
Later I changed the photograph to monochrome on Photoshop to bring out the edges and composition.

I believe I followed through with the assignment, and even though this precise image was not a mistake as such, I looked through the lens with different eyes, different focus.
It feels unnatural at times, but it is solely because I am breaking patterns.

The definition of a habit is ”a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up”. It is indubitable, however, not unattainable. Challenge delightedly accepted.

Published by Elzbieta Skorska

My name is Elzbieta Skorska. I am a second-year photography student degree at MMU.

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