River of Life

Black & White
River of Life by Carole Drake

Image details - River of Life

Photographer: Carole Drake (see profile)
Competition: Competition-14
Category: Black & White
Location: Arundel Castle, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom


Shot on a sunny May evening in the Collector Earl's Garden at Arundel Castle in West Sussex, designed by Isabel and Julian Bannerman. The canal, seeming to emerge from a dark, mossy grotto flanked by rough-hewn river gods, is an allegorical representation of the River Arun.

Huge green oak urns are decorated with gilded Agave and lions' heads which spout water into the river as it passes. Between them are big terracotta pots of Agapanthus. I felt that the density and range of textures in this image, all the different plants, the oak, the stone, the movement of the water, made it particularly suited to a black and white interpretation.


Finalist - Black & White