Poppies the Colours


I began photographing the red common corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in fields around my home in the East Riding of Yorkshire.  It became a response to forgotten women of war, past and present. And as a tribute to the resilience of the poppy flower itself, able to flourish, especially in areas of great upheaval and trauma.

This work prompted a study of the family Papaveraceae in all colours: red, yellow, orange, pink, burgundy, white and black. I pressed the poppies, noticing how their pigments deepened, from scarlet to purple, yellow to orange, white to brown. I photographed the petals naturally, daylight revealing the threads and veins of a make-up that is the same, whatever the colour.

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