It has been four months since I placed the Playmobil house in the garden for Assignment Six, Transitions, showing how nature will reclaim everything back when humanity is gone. At the start of this project I wrote of my expectations on my Assignment preparation post here
- That the house will slowly be choked with vegetation reminiscent of Chernobyl.
- The furniture in the house will either be swept away, trapped inside or will become homes.
- Insects and perhaps even mammals will use the place as a safe harbour. Maggots may thrive, spiders will decorate the walls and windows with their deadly art.
It felt a good time to reflect on the progress of the house and assess my own progress on what was working and what I could do better at.
Below is a slideshow of the transitions of the house over the four months.
MAY I was away on holiday for a while and didn’t get any images of May 😦
Nature is truly claiming back the house. It’s getting increasingly difficult to take photos especially in the same composition. Before I was able to stand on the little rock for a viewpoint, now I am blocked by all the foilage and plants that have grown up pushing me back as though to say it is natures house now.
It is astounding to see the diverse collection of plants and flowers that have been born and withered back to the ground in a matter of months. Every time I look a new plant has taken the place of the last. It is the definition of a transition, yet the transition is happening at an incredible pace.
I’m glad I focused on four specific elements. The house is the major point but I also photograph the table and radio, the interior and the childs bike everytime. The child’s bike is completely covered, I can only just see a glimpse of the wheel.
The table was knocked over after a month or so and the interior is clogged with thick leaves and black sludge and something that looks very unappealing.
I feel I should have captured an image every week as opposed to every month (I’m still trying to find out what happened to May) I need to organise better. So much has happened in such a short time and I feel I haven’t captured that. In future I will photograph every week so I can capture all the changes.
I will focus on capturing more artistic images and at different times, early morning, evening etc.